An emphatic marriage of sparse, minimalist jazz and agonised bellows of cultural identity lie at the heart of the only solo LP of Canada's Alanis Obomsawin: a seemingly unstoppable powerhouse of social activism and esteemed documentary filmmaker. Originally released in 1988, "Bush Lady" features both traditional songs of her Native American Abenaki people and original compositions, rendering ancient folkways in thoroughly avant-garde arrangements. Her voice, with its beautifully strange, (to our parochial ears) otherworldly tonality, floats like a feather over waves of sombre violin and deep, rolling rhythms, bringing to life heart-wrenching tales of the isolation and exile of an indigenous woman in the modern world.
It’s totally out on its own, but worth checking if you get a buzz out of Robbie Basho / Patty Waters or some of the gear on Ocora. For us anyway, who before now had little to no familiarity with her numerous endeavours, this LP illuminates the immense body of work that Obomsawin has accomplished, in all forms, over her life. If you're in the same boat as us this LP comes with hench amounts of added DISCOVERY / future reading - not just a beautiful record, then, but a doorway. 180g vinyl with extensive liner notes and pull-out poster. Highly recommended!