Hiperson 海朋森 – Bildungsroman 成长小说
Chengdu’s Hiperson returns bolder than ever, with their stunning and ambitious new LP Bildungsroman. Taking an almost opera-esque approach to their lush mix of spoken-word poetry and high stakes indie rock – the albums take everything from the band’s past – the razor-sharp guitars; the propulsive percussion; Chen Sijiang’s poetic pose – and elevates it – weaving it into an epic, emotionally taut coming of age story. Shifting between moments of delicate vulnerability and cathartic declaration over richly detailed passages that furiously blends post-punk with Chinese folk, it’s urgent and restrained all at once. A monumental achievement, Hiperson have once again left nothing on the table.
Railway Suicide Train 卧轨的火车 – Continent 大陆
Leaning into their psychedelic chops and further away from their indie pop sensibilities Hangzhou’s Railway Suicide Train strike gold on their the dense and beautifully realized sophomore LP Continent. Recorded in the nomad paradise of Gebi (in Yiwu), the band is firing on all cylinders here, ratcheting up the vibrant and at times haunting atmosphere whilst keeping the tension taut and melodies infectious. And while more and more bands are finding repose in the possibilities of neo-psychedelic music, the band is finding solace in the rich flourishes of world music, and their train of thought feels firm and nothing is ever muddled or lost in translation. A band in complete command of their craft, this is going to be one of this year’s best.
YouCeHeLiu 右侧合流 – Four Parts of Life 人生四重奏
A volatile and fizzy cocktail of math rock intracity, indie pop aplomb, and refined indie rock tropes, Huizhou’s Right Lane Convergence radiate pure energy on their new EP with Wild Records. Intertwining the four priorities of life – family, love, morals, and money – Convergence coast on arrangements a bit more whimsical and in many ways, a bit more unpredictable (that first track will throw you for a loop) leaving you feeling slightly tipsy. Undemanding yet full of pep and bursts of poetic vigor, Right Lane Convergence rest charismatically at the intersection of pop and rock, or as they put it, akin to the impulsive rainy season in Guangdong.
The Slow Blade – Remain
Beijing based artist Dann Gaymer (most known for the synth doom duo Guiguisuisui) strips back the twisted electromagnetism and hooded theatrically for his first solo outing as The Slow Blade. Gruff blues-ridden vocals, garage rock grit and a rustic doomsday lyricism are at the heart of Remain, which twists the singer’s cynicism and scorn into something more mediative. Still brooding and angry for sure (look no further than the off-kilter reworking of ‘Officer Jack’), but The Slow Blade seems to have found some semblance of peace of mind at the end of the world.
驻在北京的艺术家Dann Gaymer(更为人熟知的是他是合成效果双人组合鬼鬼祟祟乐队的成员)褪去扭曲的电磁效果，戏剧性地戴上头巾，以新形象首次独立亮相。《留》的核心是粗犷的蓝调嗓音、粗粝的车库摇滚和粗俗的末日歌词，它扭转了歌手的玩世不恭和蔑视，使之更具调和性。虽然还在沉思和愤怒（只要看看《杰克警官》的封面就知道了），但The Slow Blade似乎在世界的末日找到了一丝心灵的平静。