Ande Somby, as recorded by Chris Watson – vinyl LP and download now on sale

Ánde Somby’s “Yoiking With The Winged Ones” is now on presale in the TouchShop, shipping w/c 22nd January 2016. It is available as a vinyl LP and download, plus a digital bonus track, “Čuoika”. All downloads are 24 bit recordings by Chris Watson.

Yoiking is the ancient chanting practise of the Sámi People – the indigenous peoples on the top of Europe. Yoiking originates from time immemorial – legend tells that it was the faires and elves of the arctic lands that gave yoiks to the Sámi People. Yoiking was an important element of the religious rituals in pre-christian times and has survived both christianity, imperialism and the fact that Sámi areas were confiscated by the states of the north; Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia.

Ánde Somby is deeply rooted into the yoik tradition. He comes from the eastern part of the north Sámi areas and in the tundra tradition of the reindeer herders and from the valley tradition of arctic farmers. His yoiking is both quite technical as well as melodic – Somby is at the same time an innovative yoiker. All the three pieces on side A are his compositions. His signature as a yoiker is an expressive style performed on the borders of the human voice.

The recordings are made by Chris Watson, the world famous sound artist and leading field recorder. The recordings took place in Kvalnes, Lofoten mid June in 2014 in a moment while the arctic winds had a little rest. Chris Watson has also done the post production.

Design by Philip Marshall. A K Dolven took the photos for the project and has been instrumental in developing the concept. Thanks also to Tony Myatt.

You can read an article/interview by Jez Riley French for Caught By The River here

Buy Ánde Somby “Yoiking With The Winged Ones” in the TouchShop