I can’t understand the words. Heck, I can’t even identify all the instruments these guys are playing, but I am loving The HU.
Finding their video was just a happy accident thanks to whatever arcane divination is behind YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. For some serendipitous reason, it served up The HU’s video for Yuve Yuve Yu and I had to check it out.
Four guys looking like warriors from another age playing wildly ornate instruments against a rugged backdrop of Eurasian wilderness—the video is visually stunning. The music is at once alien and familiar. The hooks and the driving beat are pure rock and roll while the instrumentation and vocals are something that many in the west will find entirely new.
I’ve since discovered that the two-stringed instruments played with a bow are called Morin Khuur or “horsehead fiddles.” The 3-stringed instrument being played like a guitar may be something called a Shudarga but I’m not sure. All the axes look like very modern versions of very ancient instruments.
The vocals include what is known as Mongolian throat singing. I don’t know how it’s done but it doesn’t sound easy. It reminds me of the vibrating drone of an aboriginal didjeridoo except there’s no instrument involved. It’s fascinating.
The HU released another video yesterday for a song called Wolf Totem. The band is surrounded by an imposing crew of Mongolian bikers who evoke the fierce warrior horsemen of old.
- Up until 5 minutes ago, I never even knew that Mongolian Folk Rock was a thing. Now I absolutely must hear more.
- YouTube is finally doing something right with their recommendations
- A new genre of music. Mongolian Metal. m/
- ok i’m gonna need a 10 hour loop of all these guy’s songs
- Mongolian biker music!
- I have no idea what the fuck is going on, but I like it.
- This is so cool. The last thing I expected to find but I love it.
There is something primitive in this music even though the production value is anything but. It awakens something in you when you hear it. It’s visceral. The English subtitles are far from a coherent translation but you can read enough to see that The HU is honoring their heritage while bringing something entirely new into the world.
Also, if you want to read english translation of Yuve Yuve Yu -The Hu (song lyrics) please click here.