“I say this about pretty well every new release by Zulya: this is my favourite of her albums yet. I cannot recommend this album highly enough.”
Aria award winning Zulya Kamalova, the Tatar/Australian world music trailblazer is the leading proponent of original Tatar music in Australia and the world. A native of Tatarstan-Udmurtia region of Central Russia, she has developed very impressive and diverse fusions of her traditional music with contemporary world music and multicultural styles. She never ceases to delight and surprise in all her solo projects and with her band The Children of the Underground.
Six Days Loving is Zulya’s tenth album. As has often been the case, this is a concept album written to the poetry of Tatar poet Yoldyz Minnullina and produced by Michiel Hollanders, a Dutch guitarist, sound engineer, producer and instrument designer.
The lyrics explore the many contradictions of love. Thankfully on Zulya’s website both the Russian and English translations are available.
The arrangements and instrumental accompaniments on the album are intriguing, captivating and while being unusual are always superbly musical and accessible. This is not a folk ethno-musical album. It is a very contemporary work in the Tatar language. The use of drum loops and samples gives this album a very 21st Century sonic landscape. It is eerie and intense at times and sensual and dreamy at others in keeping with its theme of the swings of emotion of love in the human condition. One of Michiel Hollanders’ specialist self-designed instruments is the Claudeviol, which is a bass guitar that can be bowed. It features strongly on this wonderful album. And of course the sublime, ethereal and enthralling voice of Zulya soars above, around and through these stunning arrangements.
Take a look at this wonderful interactive video clip of Fifth Day that was made in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan by videographer Sasha Valieva. You can decide the fate of the characters by choosing a button on the screen.
And a video clip made by Zulya herself:
The CD sounds excellent! It was beautifully recorded and mixed with very contemporary effects by Michiel Hollanders at Pindos Music. The mastering by Zlaya Loud in London is excellent. Sonically it is superb!
Zulya’s music defies categorisation. Her Tatar roots are strong while the music can and does go in any direction her expansive imagination takes her. The listener is privileged to be on the journey with her. Her music, voice and artistry demand attention and all the accolades she receives. I say this about pretty well every new release by Zulya, this is my favourite of her albums yet. I cannot recommend this album highly enough.