This isn’t the first time I’ve reviewed Nature Ganganbaigal, his previous release, “To Where Tengger Leads Me” was a dramatic and engaging piece of work, he was featured as a nominee for best international artist in the Pure M Awards 2015. The Chinese-born musician spends much of his time composing for film and video game soundtracks as well as being the bandleader of Tengger Calvary, his Mongolian folk metal outfit. His latest solo effort, “The Mantra” was released on July 1st.
Upon listening to the first track, “The Mantra”, the listener is greeted with acoustic guitars backing Mongolian throat singing. It’s a step away from Ganganbaigal’s usual sound, which is much more epic and cinematic, but it’s a welcome change. It’s always great to hear an artist try something different. The second tune is “White Pony”, it’s quite similar to the first song in that it’s quite driven by acoustic guitars and quite soothing.
“Leader Wolf” is a bit more intense. There’s plenty of percussion, jangly guitars and throat singing to amp things up a bit, proving that Ganganbaigal is perfectly capable of making intense music without it being loud.
“Ancient Gobi Road” has a distinct Eastern feel, but Gangaibal’s fiddle playing has a jazzy feel similar to something in the same vein as gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt.
“Life Rambles On” brings the EP to a close. It’s probably the most intense song out of the five. Despite only being four minutes long, it still feels like an epic journey.
“The Mantra” is an incredibly satisfying release as it once again showcases the talents of Nature Ganganbaigal. Though it might not be quite as gripping as his last release (which, to be fair was a full-length album) it’s still a great listen and has me waiting impatiently for another release.