Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sawi Lieu – Fluorescence (2012)




  • Noise 
  • Post-rock 
  • Crust punk 
  • Rhythmic noise 
  • Experimental rock 
  • Dreamwave 
  • Avant-rock 
  • Ambient 


Comment: the Indonesian music scene continues to surprise me. My earlier experiences were hooked up with the Indonesian indie scene, and an one-man-project called Cortical whose issue Entropy EP (2015, Yes No Wave) was a fabulous insight into the cutting-edge progressive rock/RIO world. However, Sawi Lieu`s issue Fluorescence deserves its name because of radiating vivid rays of light on different frequencies and in different directions. At times the issue is calmed down drifting somewhere between ambient and blissful chillwave/dreamwave landscapes (Crystal Vibration). Indeed, the piece chimes like an ambient music composition being produced and subjugated to exotica pop/tiki music ideology. However, the track is in stark contrast to the next piece I-ON, which is a downright attack through the torrents of blasting drum rhythms, zombie vocals and signal-alike electronic sounds and synthesised overdrives and flickering bold bass waves. However, the ending synthesiser passage unites these two compositions together. In a word, it is the atmospheric crust punk. It is followed by Lifetime Imaging, the short-running track wherein atmospheric layers are propelled by tectonic, noisy blasts. The same could be admitted about a track named Absorpsi though the latter involves ill-omened hisses and loops nearby. Resonansi will end this 7-notch issue with ovoid-shaped guitar echoes cranking up loudness until it becomes resonate. All in all, the whole is a tumultuous journey, which makes the listener to get aroused. It is a very fine issue being a part of the discography of Experia Net Label.                            


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