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Various Artists / Bats'i Son / Real Song
Album:Bats'i Son / Real Song Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:10/2004
Label:Locust Music 

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Add Date:2005-01-16 Pull Date:2005-03-20 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Alex Dunn
Reviewed 2004-12-28 
Mexican folk music from Chiapas. Lo-Fi and rough—no hat dances. These field recording made by David Anderson in 1969. He says: “At first I think I found the music of Chiapas as strange and difficult as everyone else did.” His point is that these guys have a genuinely different aesthetic than you’re likely used too. Even if you don’t find the recordings stereotypically pretty, they’re fascinating from an ethnographic point of view. Recommend 1-3, 7, 13, 16, 19, 20, 21, 23. 7 is mind blowing. 21 is very ancient sounding. 20, 23 are pretty.

1-3: Chirstmas eve ceremony recorded in Chiapas.
1) 100 bpm. Multiple bright string instruments, distant male chanting.
2) continues above, slightly slower
3) sickly trumpet, explosions, laughter.
4) 70 bpm. Thickly strummed guitar, and weeping, chanting woman mourning the dead. Artificially combined by Alderson.
5) Chanting, drumming, sickly trumpets. Chaotic celebration.
6) 100 bpm. Violin, guitar, rattle.
7) Professional pray-ers. Two old men chanting, in countpoint, one in each channel. Amazing.
8) 110 bpm. Flute, drums, Also fireworks.
9) continuation of 8) but with bizarre sounding “slide trumpets” sounds
10) 80 bpm. Decrepit-sounding violin, guitar, harp. It makes me a bad person, but I find it sort of amusing.
11) 90 bpm. Guitar, violin, bird-like vocals. Quite long.
12) 110 bpm. Bouncy violin and guitar. Naturally minimalist. Crying baby in background.
13-15) 144 bpm. Great stuff. Violin, some sort of guitar variant. Lively, with a limping rhythm.
16) 120 bpm. Drums and flute. Strongly pre-Cortzian.
17) 90 bpm. Same melody as (13). Guitar, violin, male vocals.
18) 110 bpm. Dance recorded at sunrise. Pretty violin and guitar.
19) 80 bpm. Guitars and violin. Recording of music by the Ch’ol. Based on 15th century (!) Spanish song forms. Pretty and simple.
20) Similar to 19, but with a jerking rhythm. Also very cool.
21) Flute and drum. Recorded as part of a catholic mass, but the subject is a jaguar stalking its prey.
22) 120 bpm. Lively tune, w/ flute and drums. Sounds like an Irish jig.
23) 124 bpm. Complex drum polyrhythms, high flute. Great.
24) Mandolin, guitar, flute. Borrowed northern Mexican musical style. Much more polished sounding. At first easier on the ears, but a bit bland after listening to all the wild stuff that precedes it.

Alex D.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.- Navidad-Mitontik 1
2.- Navidad-Mitontik 2
3.- Navidad-Mitontik 3
4.- Todos Santos-Chamula
5.- Carnival: Chalchihuitan
6.- Son De Paz: Chalchihuitan
7.- Rezo Por Ano Nuevo
8.- Fiesta De San Bartolo 1
9.- Fiesta De San Bartolo 2
10.- Fiesta De San Bartolo 3
11.- Fiesta De San Sebastian
12.- Danza De Mujeres
13.- Katarina Sone
14.- Danza Del Toro
15.- Son De Carnival
16.- Flute & Drums
17.- Kosh Kosh Avacan Kanan Chi
18.- Zapateado Majastik
19.- Fiesta De Santa Lucia 1
20.- Fiesta De Santa Lucia 2
21.- Viernes Santo
22.- Fiesta De San Miguel 1
23.- Fiesta De San Miguel 2
24.- Mandolin, Guitar, Flute