Chui Wan

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Three years after releasing their debut album, White Night, Chui Wan brings their sophomore, self-titled album into the world.

Over the last few years, Chui Wan has progressed with a new drummer, Li Zichao, while its core members — bassist Wu Qiong, guitarist Liu Xinyu, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Yan Yulong — have striven to perfect their musical ideas. On Chui Wan, the focus is less on the unbridled, reverb-drenched inflections of White Night, drawing more from the band's wide palette of influences, including Sufi music, Southeast Asian folk tunes, and 20th-century avant grade composition. With confident, driving rhythm, they aim to embody a pop-influenced idiom of rock music, creating their own musical language in the process. Beyond the infectious melodic hooks on Chui Wan lies a near-constant fluctuation of beat and tempo, a deliberate maneuver calculated to create a simultaneous sense of fluidity and disjuncture.

Compared with White Night, Chui Wan's sophomore album is structurally more complicated, yet simpler and more direct in its studio approach. It eschews White Night's complex, repeated overdubs and adds more intricate lyrical work, which reflects the dynamic of calm and tension that stands out in Chui Wan's live performances.

Chui Wan's guest musicians also contribute significantly to the album's distinct temperament. You can hear the trademark noise guitar wails of psychedelic free improv master Li Jianhong on the album's closing track, "Beijing Is Sinking". The album also contains a hidden gift: a remix of the second track, "Estivation", by Dead J, one of Beijing's most established and progressive electronic music producers. Dead J's "Estivation" remix is a minimal, ambient, rhythmically more angular take on the original.

It is also worth mentioning that Chui Wan bassist Wu Qiong lends her vocal abilities to "On the Other Ocean" and "Silence". Her voice adds rich choral accents to the album, a long-player already brazen in its Baroque sonic ornamentations.

Chui Wan was recorded and produced by Yang Fan. It will be released on CD and vinyl LP by Maybe Mars Records in May, 2015.

credits

released May 1, 2015

All songs written by Chui Wan, recorded in Beijing, in the winter of 2014.

Yan Yulong: vocals / guitar / violin / organ
Liu Xinyu: guitar / percussions
Wu Qiong: vocals / bass
Li Zichao: drums / celesta

Yang Fan / Li Qing: background vocals, “Only”
Li Jianhong: guitar, “Beijing is Sinking ”
Dead J: remix, “Estivation”

Recorded/mixed/produced by Yang Fan at Fan Fu Studios.
Mastered by Garrett Haines at Treelady Studios.
Cover art: Lv Junlin
Design: Ruan Qianrui

Chui Wan thanks everyone mentioned above, as well as: Josh Feola, Kai, CC Wang, Deng Chenglong, Liu Lu, Cao Lingfeng, Snapline, Yan Jun, Zhu Wenbo, Zhao Cong, Lu Wei, Li Ping, He Fan and Zhang Mengyao.

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Track Name: On The Other Ocean
在另一片海洋
在另一端
它们轻轻唱
都吻合
你我的想象

放任自流
放任自流

相比你我
他更像
在另一片海洋歌唱
都吻合
你我的想象

在另一片海洋
在另一片海洋歌唱
Track Name: Only
他们乐于夸耀,但常忘记
即便是新月,也是旧的
明日已经远去,唯有今日
Track Name: The Sound Of Wilderness
每一次期待
都停不住它的位置

旷野之声
来自四面八方
Track Name: Silence
没人知道 从何而来
故事已被掩盖
没人记得 几张面孔
何必独自涉险

焦急等候 长大的人
赎罪一般重来
沉默至终 眨眼的人
售卖她的安宁

每次你 离开后猜测因果
每当你靠近 又忘光
沉默至终 眨眼的人
浸没你的安宁

她说 她说

她说 大雨将至
她说 大雨将至
大雨将至
大雨将至
Track Name: Beijing Is Sinking
北京在下沉
四处都是火焰
放慢脚步走
去倾听