Sound and Fury – Coming Down / Heaven Song
Let the reverb sweep you off your feet with Boring Productions latest 7’’ vinyl release – two tracks of shoegaze comfort food courtesy of Chengdu’s Sound & Fury. A melodically charged, glossy delight led by Kuang Ying’s etereal vocals which are particularly and charmingly drowned out by the starry-eyed swirl of noise. Heaps of distorted bittersweet fun.
Trip Fuel – A Low Altitude Flow / DieDieDieDie
Wuhan’s Wild Records tap Trip Fuel – the up and coming hopefuls from Hefei for their latest double A side cassette release. The two tracks cover quite a bit of ground – everything from twisted math rock to post rock intrigue, with splashes of shoegaze introversion and emo angst thrown in for good measure – but what stands out most is the band’s unwillingness to stick to the script. A very promising debut indeed.
Pool of Light 光淵 – Abyss 淵
Anton Bogdanov – the Shenyang-based zen-like master that goes by the name Pool of Light – returns with his latest transcendent experience Abyss, released also on Russian label ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ Records. The one-man-multi-instrumentalist who uses guitars, bows, zhongruan, drums, vocal loops, and other sounds to create a pilgrimage of trancelike meditations that transform into hypnotic drones that alternates ‘between states of lost and found, content and dissatisfaction, echoing the human experience.’