Mu Pan’s Garden of Earthly Delights (detail), 2019 by Mu Pan (b. 1976)
Cui Jian is China’s father of rock music. He’s still performing at age 57 to sellout crowds here. He’s quite impressive.
Meng Qi is a Chinese experimental music composer based out of my current place of residence, Beijing. His music is unlike most of the genre, where one would expect to hear an avalanche of nearly pointless noise. There is a beauty to his compositions that I don’t find much in a lot of modern releases that purport to be ‘experimental’. He’s definitely an intriguing character.
When I see music tagged with the term ‘neofolk‘, I expect to hear something like Death In June, The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud or Current 93, not this. I’m not entirely sure where jì lú hail from in China, but the label who released this disc, Raflum, hail from Sichuan, home of some seriously good food. If you remember the Japanese psychedelic band Ghost, fronted by guitarist Masaki Batoh, this might be a corollary. It’s exceptionally psychedelic, and has the feel of the Incredible String Band on even more acid, feeling more placid. This is gorgeous.
I have to admit that I’m a bit jealous that I haven’t heard anything this good in Beijing yet.
You may have noticed a severe dearth if posts here at AMOT… That’s because I moved to China to do a bit of work. Since I’m here, I thought I’d raid the local bookstore, translator in hand, and see if I could find something that would inspire me to finally learn Chinese. Here is the fruit of my labor – a collection of poems by Li Po.
Wang Wen are China’s top post-rock band.