Exposé Online banner

White — White
(Maybe Mars MAYBE 8.1, 2009, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2012-12-31

White Cover artWhite brought together two stalwarts of the Beijing underground music scene for some sonic experiments that garnered a fair amount of attention among followers of the Chinese avant-garde (all four of us). Shenggy (of art-punk band Hang on the Box) is credited with Korg MS-20, samplers, tape manipulation, drums, percussion, and vocals; Shou Wang (of Carsick Cars) handles guitar, organ, theremin, pedals, and vocals. Most of the 13 tracks aren't "songs" exactly, but little vignettes of sound constructed out of the bits and pieces you find in the credits. A couple, such as "47 Rockets (for Wan Hu)" are actual songs, more or less, in a minimal art-rock sort of style. There are bits of spoken words in various languages and sometimes wordless childlike melodies. While many of the sounds are essentially non-musical, the procedings are genial, not abrasive — is there such a thing as "friendly feedback"? The recording was produced by Blixa Bargeld of Einstürzende Neubauten, though it's more late-night coffee shop than heavy factory floor. Which is not to say it's all sleepy droning. They do work their way up to a frenzy at times, as near the middle of "Roswitha Strunk," with Wang flailing on his guitar and Shenggy banging on unidentifiable things. All in all, this is a pretty fun ride for what could be classed "avant-noise."

Filed under: New releases, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): White

Latest news

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Cabezas de Cera and Jack o' the Clock, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more

2017-01-27
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more

2017-01-26
Butch Trucks RIP – Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Sebastian Hardie - Live in L.A. – Live in L.A. is taken from part of Sebastian Hardie's headlining Progfest 1994 set, and represents their first, and only, show since their previous "final performance" in Melbourne way...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues