SotD - The HU

The HU has released a lyric video [complete with phonetic Mongolian subtitles which are definitely worth putting on! - Ed] for their latest single Mother Nature. Susan Omand has picked this for today's Song of the Day ...

I love The HU. Mongolian metal is definitely where it's at for me just now and I've been feverishly devouring everything I could find of theirs on their YouTube channel. So I was excited yesterday to see that a new lyric video had appeared. 

By the way, if you're wondering who The HU are, they come from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and have spent the past few years creating a distinctive sound that fuses modern rock guitars with traditional Mongolian instruments. As their website says, "The band’s name translates to the Mongolian root word for human being, and their unique approach blends instruments like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) and throat singing with contemporary sounds, creating a unique sonic profile that they call “Hunnu Rock.”"

Mother Nature is the latest single from The Hu's recent album Rumble of Thunder, which was initially released in September of last year but has a deluxe version coming at the end of June. This is a real change of pace from their usual heavy metal/rock sound - see their songs Yuve Yuve Yu and Wolf Totem for two brilliant examples - but it's no less stunning. The Mongolian guttural singing that the band is famous for adds an evocative traditional edge to a laid back rock song that speaks to... well, rocks. And Mother Nature, the birds and the landscape, reminding us of what we have and what we could lose. The video is heart-achingly beautiful too [and remember to sing along with those subtitles - Ed].

The HU are:

Gala / Lead Throat Singer and Morin Khuur
Enkush / Lead Morin Khuur and Throat Singer
Jaya / Jaw Harp, Tsuur, Flute, and Throat Singer
Temka / Tovshuur

Image - Amazon

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