Kunming’s South Acid Mimi emerge from their depths of south China with their strange, offbeat, and one of a kind debut MIMISM, out on Ruby Eyes Records. A tapestry of synth-drunk hues, proto-new age lore, riot-grrrr punk mayhem and pulsating electronica – an improvisational streak runs through the band’s sound that leaves you intoxicated even as the siren-like vocals pull you closer to the edge. A bit overwhelming at times, and it threatens to collapse in on itself more than once, but there’s always another sound or idea around the corner the band is willing to board that’ll have your earworms ecstatic. Dangerously alluring stuff.
Black metal pioneers Zuriaake return with their latest descent into the depths of evil – Resentment in the Ancient Courtyard – a black-tinted bloody masterpiece of the outer regions of metal – faultlessly weaving in melancholic folk metal to blistering depressive black metal – a soundtrack to one’s fall from heaven into the gates of hell. With the two tracks leading to eighteen minutes, the band is able to cover plenty of ground, taking wraithlike screams, blood-curling shirking (including guest vocals from legendary Tuvan singer Sainkho Namtchylak), anguished guitar melodies and face-melting riffage to create a feverish atmosphere of oppression, dread, and impending doom. Simply put, glorious stuff.
There’s something refreshing about the bluntness of garage punk trio Oldy Baby and their delightfully mischievous debut. Founded by three of Beijing’s hardest working musicians, including the dynamically voiced Nathan Borofka, whose tender, brawny, and more than a little unhinged voice steers this locomotive of rampaging of guitar, bass, and drums, there’s a lot of fun to be had with the reckless abandon the band adheres to. Weaving between cryptically silly songs about one’s indifference over berets (and canopies for that matter) to defeated heartbreak waltzes, there’s a loopy Americana anarchist spirit at the heart of the trio, injecting each song with equals parts charm and lunacy that never overstays its welcome.