Mouth Music is a short documentary that can be seen as a research into the a cappella singing tradition in the American South. With various styles like Hollerin', the Nonsense Song, boot-camp songs and jumprope songs you get a pretty clear view of what the title is all about. On the other hand, covering all these different styles in half an hour gives the documentary a bit of a fragmented feel.
But there is much to enjoy. Especially the authentic Hollers are a pleasure to watch and listen to. The Hollerin' can be seen as a means of communication in the middle of the swamps, but with traffic noise coming closer it is almost impossible for the men to communicate this way anymore.
This makes it a sort of a time stamp, and quite important for those who are interested.(more...)