Five For Friday: The HU

Monday, when I featured that album by Magnolian, Alana said she wanted to hear some music by The HU, a Mongolian heavy metal band that uses all traditional Mongolian instruments, such as the morin khuur (horse fiddle) and tovshuur (a type of lute), featuring some Mongolian throat singling. The last song here, "Sad But True," is a cover of the Metallica song. The first song, "Song of Women," features vocals by Lzzy Hale of the band Halestorm.

  1. Song of Women

  2. The Great Chinggis Khan

  3. Yuve Yuve Yu

  4. Wolf Totem

  5. Sad But True

And that’s Five For Friday for January 7, 2022.

13 thoughts on “Five For Friday: The HU

  1. Hi John – these were amazing to hear .. I absolutely loved the five you selected. Extraordinary … and essential that we shouldn’t forget other cultures’ music, and their instruments – including the throat singing … this was really special – thank you … Hilary

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    1. Glad you liked them! And you’re right, there are likely thousands of diferent instruments out there that we still don’t know about, or that aren’t known outside of their countries. That’s where the Internet earns its money, by making that available…

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  2. Thank you for granting my wish, John! Considering that the Sirius XM station Octane introduced me to The Hu through Yuve Yuve Yu and Wolf Totem, and plays a lot of Halestorm, why haven’t they played Song of Women? That song is fantastic, from the throat singing, to the horsehead fiddle (morin khuur).The Great Chinggis Khaan was enjoyable, too although I’m sure the people he conquered did not think his soldiers were too enjoyable. I am familiar with the Metallica song and The Hu singing it in Mongolian was surreal (in a good way).

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  3. I have never heard of them and I am not one for heavy metal which the last song seems to be the most fitting for my way of thinking. I didn’t care for that last song as a result but I did like the others especially the first and second song. I love their instruments and how they use them for their musical style.

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  4. This is terrific! I followed Huun-Huur-Tu and the incomparable Albert Kuvezin’s Yat Kha in the 90’s. Long-term fan of Tuvan/Mongolian khöömei (so-called “throat singing”)…. This group gets it right (integration of these techniques and idiom with modern pop ones).

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    1. I think they first became known here with “Yuve Yuve Yu” and “Wolf Totem,” so those might have been the ones you heard. That was a few years ago, though, so there might be something newer.

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