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by Frank Yamma

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    Frank Yamma's 2010 debut solo release, "Countryman". Comes in digipak CD format.

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Kunka Kutcha 05:49
Docker River 03:26
Inside 04:09
Coolibah 04:32


"On this excellent twelve-track album, Australian guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Frank Yamma, ably backed by Bart Willoughby (drums), David Bridie (piano and keys), Phil Wales Bilas (guitar) and Helen Mountfort (cello), produces a sparse yet warm, sweeping sound.

Yamma’s expressive voice is put to dramatic use on the moody She Cried which aches with yearning and he is in fine form on the soaringly melodic Nguta Waljilpa which features beautiful instrumentation. As the majority of the songs are slow-paced and almost gentle in execution, the album is often both relaxing and tantalisingly haunting. Down The River, for example, burns slowly yet packs an emotive punch and sounds as if it could slip neatly into PJ Harvey’s repertoire.

Yamma and co. pick up the pace on the rockier Calling Your Name which manages to be both edgy and highly melodic. Yamma’s soulful performance and the band’s understated yet high-impact delivery ensures that Countryman is an absorbing and immensely moving listening experience." - Beat Magazine

"The international success of the soulful singer-songwriter Gurrumul has led to a flurry of interest in the music of the indigenous peoples of Australia. Quite right too, for there are other fine Aboriginal performers, as shown by the Black Arm Band project and now this set by Frank Yamma, the first release on a new label specialising in music from the region. Like those other musicians, he concentrates on the history and problems of his homeland, but does so using western rather than traditional musical styles, even when singing in local languages. There's no reggae or rock (the BAB's specialities) here, but rather a gutsy and often pained set of ballads that veer between folk-pop and country.

The sparse backing is provided by his own acoustic and electric guitar work, with the occasional addition of cello, piano or drums, and he's at his best with the emotional Make More Spear, a plea for self-respect and an end to alcohol abuse. He saves many of his best melodies for the non-English-language songs, which include the epic and soulful Pitjantjara and Docker River, which sounds like an intense country weepie." - The Guardian


released December 4, 2013


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Frank Yamma Kaltukatjara, Australia

Frank Yamma is a traditional Pitjantjatjara man from Australia's central desert. An extraordinary songwriter and an exceptional guitarist, Frank also has an incredible voice, rich, deep and resonant. Regarded by many as one of Australia’s most important Indigenous songwriters, his ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries constantly sets new standards through his music. ... more


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