Excellent Texas zeuhl! Laktating Yak has a unique, dark sound that reminds me of a heavier Tipographica or Happy Family, though they never fall into the common pitfall of trying to sound like a carbon copy of other zeuhl groups. The sound is purely their own. I think they set a great example of what zeuhl can be: foreboding at some times, grand and powerful at others, and interspersed with ambient atmosphere and driving riffs.
Favorite track: Stampede of Yak.
The high energy drums meld so well with the ringing and droning of sax, violin, and guitar. The production is fantastic and fits the music very well. The instrumentation is very well thought out. With echoes of Magma and Zappa, this album has very well controlled chaos and dissonance in a very profound and intellectual way.
Favorite track: Invokation of the Yak Pt.1.
Yaks are known for their hardy constitution, serene demeanor and rich milk. During the most dire and desperate circumstances of mountain expeditions, it is said that the yak has an equable presence of balminess for human beings. Even the greatest fears humans experience are relinquished by the “Tsak of the Yak”.
The smell of yak’s milk replenishes spiritual vitality leading to a path of “Hidden Yak Fantasy”. Once the yak’s milk is consumed, it chemically interacts with human anatomy in a similar fashion to adrenaline, minimizing the follies of “The Errorist” in an expedition.
The “Invokation of the Yak” unto a mountain expedition is a two part process. This occurs before and after the expedition. Prior to the Invokation, a “Summoning (of Yak)” is conducted by a didgeridoo master. There is still no explanation for the consistent arrival of only the heaviest cow in the region. Upon it’s arrival, the yak will be milked by the youngest member of the group while the didgeridoo continues to swell at the hands of the eldest member. This milk is intended for immediate consumption by all participants, ensuring a safe journey. The amount of milk that is harvested is a direct reflection of the metaphysical bounty the journey will bestow upon each participant. If the milk is spilled or wasted, it is believed that a “Stampede of Yak” will ensue, resulting in an earthquake of ferocious magnitude.
The origin of the yak is unknown to mortals however there is a fabled story, amongst elder sherpas in the Nepalese region of the Himalayas, that has been passed down for thousands of years. This legend is shared through a musical context...
released December 7, 2018
Laktating Yak is:
Charles Anderson - violin/percussion
Tobin Armstrong - bass
Charlie Bryan - guitar
Angel Garcia - drums/vocals/effects
Danny Kamins - alto/baritone saxophone
Edgar Quintana - tenor saxophone
Henry Anderson - didgeridoo
Jocelyn Tara Hunt - additional vocals
Recorded and mixed by Tobin Armstrong at The Conservatory in Houston, TX
Mastered by Matt Parmenter at Ice Cream Factory Studio in Austin, TX