New Music: Stinky Humans Abuse To Persist, LST, Cephalosis

Stinky Humans Abuse To Persist – Plight 

Beijing sludge and doom quartet Stinky Humans Abuse to Subsist bring their down and dirty sound to glorious suffocating light on their debut EP Plight. Not afraid to drag their sound across the pavement and draw out the decadent mood that teeters on the edge of the abyss, where despair and contempt are the currency of life, there’s no denying the cathartic aggression spilling forth as the band tears bone-crushing, slow-burning songs full of mammoth guitar riffs and pummeling drums. The remnants of humanity stuck in a steel cage fight with all the filth, destruction, and primal urges of society, it’s clear who wins here. Us listeners. 




Cephalosis – Voluntary Ambition 

The Kunming-based cold wave, synth-filled post-industrial boy/girl duo has slowly been making a name for themselves since they formed in 2016. The band’s abstract and smoldering sound finds ample space to feed and breathe on the duo’s full-length debut on Ruby Eye Records. Mysterious, unnerving, and alluring all at once, it draws you into their dreary, jaded and moonstruck world, allowing listeners to sink into the shadows that stalk the corners of our mind. And while the 80s-era Berlin aesthetics may not be to everyone’s liking (it does wear thin time to time) when the mood strikes, such as on ‘Suicide’, it downright illuminating.  





The solo electronic project of Li Nan, known to most as the co-founder and drummer for indie electro rock band Da Bang – LST finds solace in the ‘multiple layers, playful rhythms, deep bass lines, and even deeper bass textures’ that electronic music offers both artists and listeners. Touching upon everything from IDM and acid to techno, it’s a simmering atmospheric journey chock full of psychedelic aesthetics, rock and roll bombast and sharp arrangements that dip and peak to the bemusement and rejuvenation of listeners. It’s a dynamic dance hall that LST has managed to pack to the brim with goodies and one that rewards multiple trips back. 



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