Release date: 01.04.2016
A very special album/DVD package. Glitterbeat began with releases from Mali and this new album, which looks deeply at the roots of that music, has a special place in our hearts. Not only is the audio stunning but there is a DVD included with 11 beautifully produced mini-docs that profile the musicians and their sonicculture. "Every Song Has Its End" is also the second release in Glitterbeat's Hidden Musics series. Bamako-based producer/educator Paul Chandler has been documenting the sonic and cultural complexities of Malian traditional music for more than a decade and "Every Song Has Its End" is an out-of-time, visceral collection of sounds from Chandler's unparalleled archive. Echoes of these sounds can of course be heard in the urbanized Malian music that has been embraced throughout the world, but the songs, ritual soundscapes and accompanying images found here are undoubtedly more raw, foundational and filled with surprise than the Malian music we are accustomed to. Accompanied by a recording engineer and a video-maker, Chandler has ventured to off-the-grid villages and crossroad towns all across the vast Malian landscape. Through a network of long-nurtured local contacts this small team has sought out practicing traditional musicians and their under-documented and often endangered musics. Immersive and exhilarating, these field recordings and videos give us a privileged glimpse into the intricacies of the Malian musical experience. Without doubt, this is Malian music at its finest.