Boomkat Product Review:
Dead uncanny new music from Lucy Liyou, a Philadelphia-based ambient/collage artist creating absorbing musical stories based on Korean folk-opera and “nuances in Quotidian experience” - think Nozomu Matsumoto meets Klein at Arca’s gaff and you’ve nearly got a grasp on this one.
Poetically voiced by text-to-speech software and patched together from a mix of gentle R&B keys, warped electronic textures and cinematic sound arrangement, ‘Welfare’ leads the listener into some deeply surreal scenarios.
Rendered in a narrative mix of industrial sound design and ambient dressing, there are multiple characters strewn across the album, crossing the sound stage in a finely paced and crafted (but often chaotic) dramaturgy that’s said to be “greatly influenced by audiobooks as well as music from the Impressionist period and Neoclassical period”, as well as the aforementioned Korean folk-opera nods, which relate the artist’s heritage and form an extension of her debut ‘A Hope I Had’ - a sonic examination of hereditary depression among Asian families.
This follow-up project is presented as “an ambitious step forward to analyze the colonialist concept of self-care”, and aside from he conceptual level, its convincingly absorbing, inquisitive sound design and arrangement helps to transcend all the reference points and prompt the imagination into oddly affecting spaces.