A Wayward Word's Worth

November 28, 2011

Review: Song Yuzhe’s waking nightmare

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 4:25 pm

Chinese avant folkster doles out haunting rhythms. By Kyle Mullin for The Beijinger, Nov. 29 2011

Have you ever tried to remember a nightmare? That’s what Saturday night’s show at Zajia Lab bar felt like- haunting notes of distortion set to a background montage of stark, black and white photographs.

It was the sound and vision of folk experimentalist Song Yuzhe. He may be more known for banjo strumming, but much of his latest gig featured long drawn out drones from electronica instruments, his banjo strings only lacing the tunes at times. If they could be called tunes. Extended jamming might be a more fitting phrase. Song and three backing performers elicited chilling tones from their instruments, sitting crossed legged all the while, as if they were conducting a séance instead of playing in a rock show.


REVIEW: SONG YUZHE (second story)




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