Boomkat Product Review:
Shanghai’s SVBKVLT returns with a second vinyl outing, this time in collaboration with the WV Sorcerer label, teaming up to present an alternate edition of Zaliva D’s immersive 'Sky Singing' release, newly expanded with 5 previously unreleased songs on the bonus CD.
Bridging ancient spirit voices and futurist imagination via 21st Century Shanghai, ‘Sky Singing’ spells out a definitive Zaliva D sound woven from slow, crimped electro swag, slippery electro synths and the voices of Li Chao, which range from demonically possessed techno folk to alien chorales. In key with the rest of the SVBKVLT roster or indeed the far flung styles of WV Sorcerer, the results feel at once familiar yet deeply uncommon in the context of western music, and serve a strong showcase of the riveting electronic music expressions coming from China right now.
The original 9 songs of ‘Sky Singing’ appear here on the vinyl, unfolding a gripping narrative between the pained, microtonal ululations and oscillations of ‘Extinction’, the sub-loaded and serpentine electro of ‘Down Samsara’, their title track’s halfstep hunch, and the techgnostic dramaturgy of ‘Prophecy’.
On the bonus CD they hustle five exclusives; locking into a swanging step nagged with noisy ‘tronics in ‘Tailgating’, along with the munted zombie dance of ‘Whole Terror’, an apocalyptic mini drama in ‘Hair River’, and a haunting form of hyper contemporary techno-folk in ‘End of The Sky’.
Very limited copies. Do not sleep.