Daniel Stephen Johnson
WQXR (New York)
, June 2013
…“Tayatha” is an album that seems to have been conceived and executed with every resource directed toward a single purpose: aural pleasure.
…Lhamo’s vocals…[is] an appealing instrument, and its range of colors is as minutely controlled as a bow in the hand of a virtuoso cellist, her expressive register smoothly shifting from croon to sob. Her voice is a jewel, a dark-hued gem, and Batagov’s simple setting shows it off to its greatest advantage.
The recording itself, produced by Batagov, is just as appealing, and for the same reasons: simplicity and clarity. The piano sings and chimes, and Lhamo’s voice, while framed with a handsome ambience, requires—and receives—no flattery.
…what’s surprising is that a seventy-minute album of vocalism in a style alien to Western ears, largely accompanied by mellow piano ostinati, could be so satisfying and so enjoyable as to make the listener eager to comply. © 2013 WQXR (New York) Read complete review