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Yin: Barren Solstice Ripper from ruò tán x Zaliva-D

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Yin (音, “music”) is a weekly RADII feature that looks at Chinese songs spanning hip hop to folk to modern experimental, and everything in between. Drop us a line if you have a suggestion.

Abandon hope all ye who click in here: just in time for the longest night of the year I’m peppering your eardrums with this thoroughly bleak collaboration between Lyon-based death-droner ruò tán and Beijing dancefloor doom merchant Zaliva-D.

 

This track comes from a remix album ruò tán released last month, for which he tapped the talents of seven “electronic / post-industrial / dark ambient musicians from all over the world, from minimal tribal to apocalyptic soundscape.” Elsewhere on the remix album one can find a few other RADII favorites, including Taipei artist lujiachi and Hangzhou producer GUAN, reworking original tracks from ruò tán’s November 2017 album Stone. On “Mist” above, Zaliva-D takes ruò tán’s ritualistic folk-metal-drone vibe and adds his own trademark glossolalic overtones and a pervasive undercurrent of existential dread.

Find the full STONE RIVVER remix album here, and if this kind of thing is up your alley I can also highly recommend Zaliva-D’s 2018 SVBKVLT album Sky Singing:

 

And, for that matter, the entire catalog of ruò tán’s WV Sorcerer label is a solid source of aural murk lurking in the cracks between black metal, industrial drone, and good old-fashioned bastard noise.

Cover photo: ruò tán at Le Terminus, Rennes, France (photo by aLMa)

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Josh Feola
Josh Feola is a Shanghai-based writer and musician, and RADII's Culture Editor. His coverage of Chinese music and art has appeared in The Wire, Dazed, Artsy, LEAP, Tiny Mix Tapes, and more. He's been active in China's underground music scene since 2010 via his booking platform pangbianr.com, and is a former member of Beijing bands Chui Wan, SUBS, and Vagus Nerve.

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