Ole Lukkoye Doo-Doo-Doo, [or Remedy for a Dwarf]
(CD, 71:05) OL-001, 1998
St. Petersburg, Russia
Ole Lukkoye is hip to the trip. Go a bit beyond Ozric Tentacles' Druidic reggae-rock hamlet, slip past the heavy Hawkwindish Tribe of Cro territory, and cross the frozen tundra to the permafrost kingdoms of Russia's tribal trance-rock rulers. This is my kinda "world music" that rocks, sways, and whirls the dervish of your cerebral cortex until it snaps free.
This limited edition of 999 copies is my little treasure to spin whilst I close my eyes and drive a mastodon herd into an alternate universe of swirling Siberian bliss. Visualize fur clad hordes stomping for warmth, huge frost-laden drums do infrasonic bellowing, Tunguskan fire-winds above, wolf claws rattling, darbuk calls, synths twisting sound, dwarf howl-screams, jimbees, chimes, Don Cherrylike horns, bassoon effects, ritualistic vox, ample but sparse guitars, way-spacey programming aneath yon ice ring halos around an ancient Arctic moon that call you to other worlds of nomadic ancestors. We enter our yak hide huts stretched over mammoth tusks and warm our souls with Ole Lukkoye's song in the endless night.
Mix the Orb's underworld excursions with Oldfield's concept albums and the Ozrics and Tribe of Cro trance-dance, add a dash of that Steve Tibbetts/Marc Anderson percussive dirge, then a pinch of Jai Uttal's Footprints with a dose of Sisters of Mercy guitar work. Sift it all through an ethnik-tribal-vworld-musick strainer that provides a uniquely fresh approach like you've never imagined. This album convinces me the Amer-Indians migrated East across the Bering Strait.
I will not mention all the eclectic array of instruments but simply say Ole Lukkoye is: Boris Bardash on keys, guitars, and crooning a bit like a Russian David Byrne, Andrey Lavrinenko on bass, Frol on bassoon and ocarina, Yuri Lukjanchik on jimbees and darbuk. Also appearing are Oleg Shar, Sergev Radovsky, Evgenia Radovsky, Aleksander Kovalenko, and Vadim Kouzenkov. And remember, nearly all of the band was doing some form of percussion as well! Highly recommended for a novel approach to tribal trance rock.
John W. Patterson