Trends are a funny thing. For a while, they’re cool and everyone wants to follow them. Then they’re passe, trite and ridiculed. A little while later, they’re suddenly cool again, typically thanks to some nostalgic feeling that contemporary artists get toward the music of their youth. I could go off on a tangent here about how we’ve been so flooded with “retro” sounds for the last 10-15 years that there’s not going to be much 2000’s culture to be mined twenty years from now, but that would be a digression.
You see, Peruvian lounge singer Yma Sumac attained international stardom in the 1950’s thanks to her phenomenal vocal range. But I don’t listen to a whole lot of lounge music and if it weren’t for the lounge trend of the late 90’s, I would have been completely oblivious to Yma Sumac’s incredible singing skills. But since “Taki Rari” showed up on the CD I picked up from the Ultra-Lounge collection, I’ve got that bit of knowledge… and today, I’m passing it along to you. Take a listen to Taki Rari and you’ll see what I’m talking about. It’s pretty boss.