Lonely China Day — This Easily Assimilative People
((Not on label) 2010, 2010, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2011-06-01I wrote about this Chinese band’s previous CD back in #36. On this latest effort, they continue their path moving away from sounds typical of rock bands and further into the esoteric realms of electronic processing and abstract constructions of sound. Leader Deng Pei handles guitars and vocals as well as production and writing, and second guitarist Wang Dongtao also takes the bass parts; the new drummer Han Rubing's work is heavily looped and processed, rarely sounding like live drums. The opening track sets the mood and introduces one of their prime stylistic elements: simple, pensive guitar chords backed by little electronic glitches. At other times the energy level bumps up a notch or two, and crunchily distorted drums sometimes provide a bit of propulsion. At times the use of echoes on guitar, percussion, and so on provide a completely non-reggae take on the techniques of dub. The prevalence of vocal numbers has further decreased, and we don't hear any singing until halfway through the set. Deng's singing is plaintive and pleasant, having a lost-in-the-fog quality similar to Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Everything is so heavily processed that it's hard to imagine a live performance, but I distinctly remember them doing some of this material when I saw them in 2008. The resulting music is fascinating both compositionally and sonically — it's amazing such distorted sounds can be so beautiful.
Related artist(s): Lonely China Day
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more
Chick Corea RIP – The sad news has reached us that Chick Corea has Returned to Forever, so to speak. The innovative keyboardist and composer died on February 9 at the age of 79. With a career that spanned from the 60s until shortly before his death, Corea touched many listeners with the incredible variety of music he produced in his lifetime. » Read more
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more