The Mongolian folk music band out of Beijing, Hanggai, recently headlined a show at Chicago’s Millennium Park and are set to play at the Fuji Rock festival July 29 (Niigata, Japan) with big names like Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Chemical Brothers, Beach House and a slew of others. Like recent pop bands taking up banjos and reaching back to their folk roots, Hanggai is a modern take on Mongolian folk music. The bands most recent album, He Who Travels Far (the second album available on the West Coast) was co-produced by Ken Stringfellow, formerly of The Posies and who later formed the band Big Star.
With the Pacific Northwest catapulting folk inspired bands as Head and the Heart (who recently graced the cover of Billboard Magazine) and the Fleet Foxes, it would be a shame to not take heed on what Hanggai is dishing out. Their sound is shaped by Western influences such as Pink Floyd and Radiohead, but their sound is all their own. With a voice you can feel pulsating in your chest and traditional garb that coincides with the epic sounds of their music; the band introduces audiences to a new flavor of folk inspired music. Make sure to check out their stuff here .