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"Lonely China Day-Eponymous EP"

August 1, 2006

lonelychinaday1Band: Lonely China Day
Album: Eponymous EP
Best Element: Sweeping, dreamy sound
Genre: Post-roc
Website: www.tagteamrecords.com
Label: [http://www.tagteamrecords.com]Tag Team Records
Band E-mail: marcusk@tagteamrecords.com

The most amazing thing about this EP is not the quality of the post-rock swells and swoops augmented with heavily technological glitches and swishes. That would be enough to woo me, but there’s more here. No, the most amazing thing is that this amazing post-rock EP was birthed almost entirely out of a vacuum.

You see, Lonely China Day is from China, which means they have very little, if any, access to American indie-rock. Despite that, they’ve created a post-rock explosion that can hold its own when played next to Sigur Ros, Album Leaf, and other minimal-beauty-crescendoes-to-maximum-sound type bands.

But enough about their circumstances. The music they create here is exceptional- imagine Sigur Ros with a crazed computer spitting out beats every now and then, then remove the falsetto-heavy singer and replace with a much lower, much more accessible tenor. Add a whole lot of bells and some traditional Chinese influence (not a lot- don’t worry, this isn’t traditional Chinese music or anything), and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what Lonely China Day sounds like. And while it’s easy to describe, it’s much, much better than the paltry description I gave it.

Songs like the haunting, removed “Sorrow” succeed in meting out large doses of sadness without being cliché or overwrought, while songs like “Beijing.Realise” and the end of “Thou” throw down a trippy, electrified, biting sound that is unique to LCD’s work.

Then there’s songs like “Red Blossom of Plum and Me”, which is pure beauty all through, with cascading guitars, comfortable drums, and occasional glitches of technology that make the beautiful guitars seem all the more beautiful.

The only real problem I find in this EP is that since the vocals are much more intelligible than those of Sigur Ros’, it becomes agitating after a while to clearly hear the syllables and realize that they are, in fact, in Chinese. But other than that, there’s pretty much nothing wrong with this EP. If you like post-rock, you’re going to like this- I can almost guarantee it. It’s not the most technically innovative thing to come around (this is, after all, a debut EP), but I have faith that as LCD continues to write, they will grow into an amazing band of musicians. Here’s to Chinese Indie Rock.

-Stephen Carradini
independentclauses@hotmail.com

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