Exposé Online banner

Hualun — Silver Daydream
((Not on label) no#, 2008, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2010-07-01

Silver Daydream Cover artMaybe it's actually easy to make post-rock music. After all, there seem to be bands springing up all around the world playing it. Hua Lun are part of the new generation of Chinese bands following in the footsteps of Mogwai, Mono and the rest, and probably most pertinently countrymen Wang Wen. As with many of the others, they take a medium slow tempo, start out quietly, and slowly build up to a loud climax. They stick almost exclusively to their basic lineup of two guitars, bass, and drums, and it is the guitars that take the lead. Generally at the start the guitar has a clean sound and by the end are distorted and wailing out a melody with fast tremolo picking. One unusual choice, and probably the highlight of the set, is their version of "Takeda no komoriuta," a famous Japanese lullaby. It opens even more quietly than most other tracks, with a folk-oriented solo guitar part. Of course, by the end, the other instruments have joined in and the lead guitar is applying the tremolo technique to the melody. To be fair, this technique is used on several traditional Chinese instruments, so I shouldn't berate them for applying it to the electric guitar. A touch of subtle keyboard shows up in the final track, the set’s longest at 14 minutes. I don't really think this music was simple to produce – it's too good to be anything but the product of real talent.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 38, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): Hualun

Latest news

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Clepsydra - Fears – Swiss quintet Clepsydra sport your typical neo-prog lineup of vocals/guitar/bass/keys and drums and on Fears they hold true to the neo-prog sound. Early Marillion comes to mind, especially on the...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues