White+ — White+
(Maybe Mars MAYBE 40.1, 2012, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2013-10-10The time since the first White release has seen major changes for this experimental project. After original member Shenggy left Beijing, Shou Wang recruited drummer Wang Xu (of post-punk darlings The Gar) as a new partner, and the shift in instrumentation brings a new urgency to the music. Where White was mostly low-key and genial and featured a lot of DIY-type electronics, White+ relies much more on synthesizers, usually backed by drum kit. (The credits don't list instruments as the first album did.) Some tracks even harken to a somewhat rockier version of late-70s Tangerine Dream with some avant-garde touches thrown in (and White+ was in fact recorded in Berlin). There are still lots of DIY sounds built from overloaded effects pedals or whatever, and the synth is sometimes used in unconventional ways, with its sound mangled and distorted. Taped voices are less prominent, as are vocals in general, with a single track featuring a Chinese rap by someone credited as "Ray." As with the debut, the sound is rarely abrasive, often coalescing into a rolling, floating kind of stasis that morphs over time, changing color, emphasizing different things that often have been there all along. Only one track breaks the six-minute mark, so no sound overstays its welcome. Wang's drum patterns never slip into standard patterns, so it never sounds like a boring drum solo with electronic noodling. This is definitely something for lovers of adventurous electronic music to seek out.
Related artist(s): White
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more