Tomorrow’s Salt 明天的盐 – As Spring Faded 灯和蓝
Former Wisdom Tooth singer and guitarist Li Wangnian returns with a vengeance under the guise of Tomorrow’s Salt, a post punk outfit that keeps the focus on its razor-sharp yet emotionally potent lyricism and jangly and loose melodies. This is most evident on the exceptional ‘雨朵’ which manages to find the beauty and innocence lurking in the dark corners of the genre. And a reminder of the surprises still to be found in the increasingly saturated post punk scene here in China.
Lao Dan 老丹- The Song of the Uninhabited Island 无人岛之歌
The improvisational musician and wind instrumentalist Lao Dan, one of the experimental scene’s highest regarded characters continues his prolific work on ‘The song of the Uninhabited Island’ which puts the musician’s mastery of the bamboo flute and the alto sax front and center, showcasing his evocative and mesmerizing use of them. While Dan’s fanciful flights of free jazz rear their head every so often, for the most part, it’s a tranquil, albeit swaying, piece of music that’s transcendent.
Zeming Xu – 言外之意 Unspoken
Following his own arrow – Kunming’s Zeming Xu is something of an outlier in the hip-hop scene, bringing his eclectic sense of genre and pop sensibilities to the forefront of his sound. Tapping into the laid-back vibe the southwestern province of China is known for, the multi-talented artist fuses rap, electronic music, rock, and hip-hop, creating a buoyant record that goes down smoothly.
Gong Gong Gong 工工工 – RYTME OG DRONE III 節奏與嗡鳴三
Beijing guitar/bass duo Gong Gong Gong return with Rytme Og Drone III, which takes the duo’s signature psychedelic blues sound and expands upon it with the help of Anton Rothstein (Whistler, Marching Church) and Angel Wei Bernild (First Hate) – recorded in Copenhagen at the end of their European tour. While the duo’s ‘phantom rhythm’ is still very much in play, it’s two collaborators (on drums and percussion) bring their own idiosyncrasies, turning each track into a freaky jam session that’s downright decadent.
北京吉他贝斯二人组工工工带着節奏與嗡鳴三回归，它采用了二人组最标志性的迷幻布鲁斯，并在Anton Rothstein (Whistler, Marching Church)和Angel Wei Bernild (First Hate)帮助下得以拓展。節奏與嗡鳴三录制于工工工欧洲巡演的终站哥本哈根。尽管他们的 “幽灵节奏”仍然占比很大，但合作二人（鼓和打击乐）带来了自己的独特风格，把每首歌都变成了彻底颓废的怪诞即兴