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Brilliant, oneiric, oriental projections and abstract narration from Taipei, Taiwan’s Scattered Purgatory, taking their dense, humid drone/metal/folk style into cinematic realms with their first LP release after a strong handful of tapes and CDrs.
Erring to the darker, industrial side of the 4th world/far eastern electronic paradigm which has increasingly come into focus lately, Lu Li-Yang and Lu Jiachi take their moniker - Scattered Purgatory - from the Taoist ritual where innocent souls are released from interim states. With that in mind, and combined with their heightened synaesthetic level of visual sonics, their sound forms a vidid emulation of some kind of spiritual cleansing process, using modern technology to divine ancient feels and parse the useful from the worthless.
The five parts of Sua-Hiam-Zun guide us thru those stages, from the sublimated ceremonial intro of priests chanting into kosmiche plumes on Antrabhava, thru what sounds like The Haxan Cloak staring into space on Sand of Sumeru, to strings sounds recalling recent Emptiest efforts melded with ancient sea creature wails in Night Over Fish Road, and a final couplet taking in the upward spiral of Dream of a Yellow Sorghum, and the tectonic, Earth-like doom guitar shifts of New Gate.