Exposé Online banner

P.K.14 — 1984
(Tenzenmen 151tzm, 2013, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2014-04-09

1984 Cover art

After the magnificent City Weather Sailing, I was wondering what this Nanjing band would come up with. They'd produced a series of albums of increasing depth and complexity, so 1984 came with high expectations. It's probably a good thing they backed off on the extended instrumentation to focus on the driving post-punk that forms their core, but I'm glad they've retained some little touches to augment the bass/drums/guitar lineup, most notably some really interesting keyboard tones. There are some odd distorted organ sounds, clear bells, and atmospheric sounds of indeterminate origin. Possibly even Mellotron flutes. Yang Haisong's vocals will still be the litmus test for most listeners, but I've come to find his rough style endearing and expressive, even though many of the lyrics are well beyond my meager Chinese skills. His somewhat monotone spoken-sung style leaves the melodies to the guitar and keyboards, and these are one of the band's real strengths. Even when playing chords, the guitar manages to provide (or at least imply) melodies, and in other places, it's one of those unusual keyboard parts handling the role; sometimes they work together, either in unison or in harmonies. All in all, well crafted, sophisticated music from a part of the world deserving of more attention.


Filed under: New releases, 2013 releases

Related artist(s): P.K.14

More info
http://tenzenmen.bandcamp.com/album/1984

Latest news

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Angel'in Heavy Syrup - III – Angel’in Heavy Syrup are a four piece band from Japan. The group is composed of Mineko Itakura on bass and vocals, Mine Nakao on guitar and vocals, Fuseo Toda on guitar and chimes, and Tomoko...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues