RAINEY, JOE

NIINETA (37D03D)

RAINEY, JOE - NIINETA 151482
Format:
1 LP
Release:
19.08.2022
Label:
37D03D
Genre:
Independent
Kat.-Nr.:
151482
Barcode:
0617308023299
Joe Rainey is a Pow Wow singer. On his debut album Niineta he demonstrates his command of the Pow Wow style, descending from Indigenous singing that's been heard across the waters of what is now called Minnesota for centuries.

Depending on the song, his voice can celebrate or console, welcome or intimidate, wake you up or lull your babies to sleep.

Each note conveys a clear message, no matter the inflection: We're still here. We were here before you were, and we never left.

On Niineta, Rainey finds himself in between cultures, collaborating with producer Andrew Broder, who brought his turntablist sensibility to the project.

The two of them met backstage at Justin Vernon's hometown Eaux Claires music festival before crossing paths more through the 37d03d collective, and both contributed to the last Bon Iver album before partnering up.

"At first I didn't know what I could add," Broder says. "I came to understand everything is rooted in the drum-even the songs on our record that have no drum." Each song started with Broder's beats, the two of them experimenting with various sounds and tempos before orchestrating and recontextualizing the ancient sounds in strange, new in-between places, also pulling from Rainey's vast sample folder of pow wow recordings, layering in slices of his life.

Niineta is a short version of the Ojibwe term meaning, "just me," and Rainey is using the term only in the sense that he's taking sole responsibility for the music.

He is protective of Pow Wow culture-once outlawed by the US government and maintained in secret-while trying to figure out where he fits and how he can be creative with it.

"These are my creations, but they're pow wow songs, and our language is sacred," he says.

Rainey suggests conceptualizing the album as him working the door at a Pow Wow after party.

"If I'm answering that door, I want to say, hey, yeah, come on in. But there's fucking tons of us in here.

It ain't just me."
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. JAMMER FROM THE SLAMMER
  • 1.2. B.E. SON
  • 1.3. EASY ON THE CIDE
  • 1.4. BEZHIGO
  • 1.5. NO CHANTS
  • 1.6. CAN KEY
  • 1.7. JR. FLIP
  • 1.8. TURNED ENGINE
  • 1.9. CH. 1222
  • 1.10. PHIL'S OFFERING