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Karumanta – Without You

Release Name: Without You
Release Year: 200?
Identifiers: E.I. 359-CD
Format: CD
Country of Release: Somewhere south of Texas….
Genre(s): Panpipe pop covers

I haven’t done one of these in a long time. This doesn’t mean that I simply have not been visiting charity shops, boot sales and other places where junk collects, oh no I simply have been wasting my precious money on other rubbish.

I picked this CD up to simply make up some numbers with a small pick up from a local favorite shop of mine which calls itself the last chance saloon of charity shops. I kind of chanced on the CD hoping that it would be a rare occasion where I pick up something someone genuinely wants, a lá this Bolivian world music CD, which made someone very happy.

Well I lucked out with this one. I usually generally avoid pan-pipe music because well… must I really explain.

So what do Karumanta bring to the table with this release. 14 tracks of pop covers with, you guessed it, pan pipes! 14 tracks (12 of which are quite popular in the western world) of covers, all with low-budget karaoke backing tracks (why must this be a common theme?). No singing here, just pan pipes.

Admittedly the pan pipe blowing isn’t too terrible, aside from the general nature of the instrument being annoying for more than 30 seconds, and I do find covers of popular tracks using traditional instruments rather amusing. However throughout this album all I can think of is that South Park episode where the boys decide to start their own pan pipe (or should I say Peruvian flute) band to make some money.

Considering that episode aired in 2008, and this album was released somewhere after 2001 with the book referencing this bands works as far back as 1995, I do wonder what it was that finally stopped pan pipe music from being trendy.

3/5 as its an interesting listen at least.

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