7 December 2012

pg.lost / Wang Wen - Split LP

Artist: pg.lost / Wang Wen
Album: Split LP
Genre: Post-rock
Label: Genjing Records
Year: 2012
From : China

01. pg.lost - Desperdicio (part I) 09:32
02. pg.lost - Desperdicio (part II) 10:24
03. Wang Wen - 13th 06:21
04. Wang Wen - Homeland Accent 06:23
05. Wang Wen - Mouse Song 06:52

Genjing Records is a DIY vinyl label based in Beijing, China.

This self-titled 12” vinyl split between Swedish experimental instrumentalists pg.lost and domestic post-rock outfit Wang Wen (罔聞) is definitive proof that China’s musicians have become equal partners in the global creative community.

pg.lost tackles the A-side with a suite of two ten-minute songs—“Desperdicio Parts I & II”—that open with a decidedly doom-influenced Spaghetti Western flair before nestling into more comfortable post-rock ground: crashing rock movements that intoxicate the listener and ferry them through waters of aching, almost heartbreaking emotion stamped with forceful, triumphant and occasionally-violent melodies that recall sweeping windswept vistas.

Wang Wen excels at running emotional relays from melancholy grief to guarded hope—and back again—multiple times within single songs, feats of sonic prowess that make their contributions an ideal soundtrack not only for these troubled times, but also as accompaniment for the longest night of the year—the winter solstice upon which this effort was released.

On the B-side, the Chinese quintet counters pg.lost’s fiery, outward-looking tracks with three subdued and inward-looking sketches. The fragile opener, “13th”, is dominated by mellow, intricate guitar interplay overlaid upon warm and reassuring throbbing organ tones before disintegrating into a pedal-induced feedback fuzz.

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