We Will Never Die


LP version. We Will Never Die is Yat-Kha's eight studio album. Centered around the huge voice of charismatic singer Albert Kuvezin from the remote Russian republic of Tuva (latitude: London, longitude: Bangladesh), the group's long international career started out during the collapse of the USSR in 1991 with the release of Antropofagia on celebrated writer and art critic Artemy Troitsky's General Records (Moscow). The release of the legendary Yenisei-Punk album recorded for Global Music Centre (Helsinki) in 1994 saw them gain worldwide recognition. Under the management of then bassist Lu Edmonds (3Mustapha3, Mekons, The Damned, PiL, etc.), Yat-Kha signed to Paddy Moloney's Wicklow Records (BMG Classics) and performed at all major music festivals in Europe, North America and the Far East. Kuvezin's ultra-low variant of Tuvan throat singing, the kargyraa or kanzat stayle, still remains the unique feature of Yat-Kha's mixture of traditional music and experimental roots rock and whereas there are many great khoomeiji singers this style is unique to Yat-Kha. Recorded after the 2019 European tour, the album We Will Never Die was recorded in Southern Germany in the studios of German krautrock legends Hans-Joachim Irmler and in some ways follows Kuvezin's Poet and Lighthouses album which itself was recorded on the remote Scottish whiskey island of Jura by British producer Giles Perring, reaching #1 of the World Music Charts in 2010. On this new album, Kuvezin is accompanied by his long-term Tuvan friend and musical accomplice, Sholban Mongush on igil (a bowed horsehair two-string cello) and backing vocals. Due to the usual pandemic and travel bans, some additional tracks were later recorded by Kuvezin in Abakan, Khakassia in spring 2020. Besides original compositions, the album features words gathered from the sayings and incantations of Tuvan shamans -- whose traditions form an unbroken lineage dating back to the neolithic period -- as well as Black Sabbath's "Solitude" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" written by George Harrison, two songs sometimes played as an encore on live shows. The Lollipoppe Shoppe continue their involvement with this extraordinary band who in many ways blazed a trail since the early 1990s many new and interesting emerging East Asian rock music artists and experimenters for example the Mongolian metal-rock band The Hu.