Monday, January 30, 2017

“Khan Yunis” by Mellon (Blind Rivers) – A Song Review

     After years of exploring music, this is our first mention of either the Peruvian Marimacho or the Chinese Erhu. With some research, we inarticulately describe the Peruvian Marimacho as the illegitimate child of the mandolin and the twelve-string guitar (at least twelve strings). In this age of political correctness, the instrument is also referred to as the Bandurria Cusqueno. The Chinese Erhu goes the opposite direction in terms of string count. Using another sloppy description, it’s a two-string fiddle.
     Vocally, “Khan Yunis” resides primarily in the falsetto range, which attractively blends with the instruments. Toward the end of the song, the vocals drop to a lower range without a detraction from the melody. Lyrically, the track is likely based on a 1956 incident/battle at Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip.

     “Khan Yunis” is a track from Connolly Mellon, who is also known as Blind Rivers. He is a 26 year old originally from Brighton, UK. After extensively touring the world, learning and collecting instruments, he is currently settled in Melbourne, Australia.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, nice post. I really loved the combination of the marimacho with the Erhu, I'm just wondering how to learn to play them :-)