The Medicine Singers self titled debut album on Stone Tapes has its unexpected dual origins in both Native American pow wow music and musical improvisation.
Their debut statement as a collective, 'Medicine Singers', expands on 5 years of collaboration following a spontaneous 2017 meeting between pow wow group Eastern Medicine Singers and Monotonix guitarist and album producer Yonatan Gat.
Bridging multiple dimensions of sound, Medicine Singers expanded into a remarkable supergroup that also includes Thor Harris and Christopher Pravdica of Swans, “No Wave” icon and former DNA drummer Ikue Mori, ambient music pioneer Laraaji, Ryan Olson of Marijuana Deathsquads and trumpet player jaimie branch, a rising star in the world of improvised music.
The result is a spellbinding musical experience, cycling through a kaleidoscope of sounds, from psychedelic punk to spiritual jazz and electronic music. But the genre-smashing album remains firmly rooted in the intense physical power of the pow wow drum and the Medicine Singers’ connection to their ancestral music, creating a daring and ambitious record that celebrates tradition, while boldly breaking away from its restrictions, or in the words of Medicine Singers’ leader Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson: “These two cultures can work together, and blend together, to show people how we can work together and make something beautiful.”