Lonely Leary – Through the Park, Almost There 穿过公园就到了
Since I first catch Lonely Leary in early 2015, I’ve been eagerly anticipating their debut. And it was well worth the wait as theur debut Through the Park, Almost There is a perfect encapsulation of the band’s crackling sound, finding ways to elevate and twist further the knife on their paranoid angst, cool-headed melodies, and cesspool of infectious post punk unease. A rollercoaster ride of jagged edges, hushed aggressions, manic energy, and taut bass lines that barrel full speed ahead – there’s barely a moment to catch your breath among the eleven tracks. It grips you and doesn’t let go – one of the best releases of the year.
Xie Yugang 谢玉岗 x Serge Teyssot-Gay – A Nano World 一帧世纪
Xie Yugang, frontman of longstanding and globally admired Dalian post-rock group, Wang Wen, teams up with renowned French guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay for The Nano World – an ambient wonderland that finds the two musical geniuses finding solace in each other’s companies as they interact and intertwine their musical worlds and accompanying philosophies not unlike two travelling sages convening on a mountain top. Transporting, exquisite and otherworldly, it finds invigorating ways in merging orchestral and electronic, classic and futuristic into something larger than life.
Running Blue – Running Blue
Shanghai based husband and wife duo Running Blue bring to full fruition their delicate, daydreamt blend of trip hop, dream pop, and downtempo indietronica on their self-titled debut. Taking cues from Portishead and Massive Attack, it’s an aesthetically appetizing journey spearheaded by Liang Huang Gui’s expressive vocals and guitar, and Yin Hao’s hypnotic beats and synths. Layered to a tee, and blanketed in seductive allure, the album offers a wide variety of sounds all the while maintaining a strong sense of atmosphere that’s begs one to get lost in.