"Guiguisuisui continues blurring the line between theater and music, between art and sound on their latest dizzying head-trip - Charon - an electronically lush art-rock opus that takes the duo’s occult new age mythology and twists it in on itself" - Livebeijingmusic
Charon is the latest EP from Guiguisuisui and the first music release from the anti-pop brand Daftpop. The EP blends minimal wave synths, trip hop beats, and shoe gaze guitars with samples of traditional Chinese instruments such as the pipa and guzheng, and whispered poetry juxtaposed against Chinese opera vocalisations, all mixing together to create an art rock crossover between East and West, the traditional and the contemporary. Each of the tracks can stand alone or fit together to tell a story with lyrics that reflect upon Chinese mythology relating to the red spider lily, which are described in translations of ancient texts as flowers that grow in hell and guide the souls of the dead along the path to reincarnation. Meanwhile the title of the EP borrows the moniker of the ferryman of hades, who serves a similar purpose in Greek mythology in helping lost souls journey through the afterlife.
The EP itself came about after Guiguisuisui had been touring their Shining Soundscape show for three months in Europe and China. As a consequence the band chose to create a record that fit this performance: flowing and layered, rooted in traditions but progressive at the same time, and something that could be presented as a story along with live artwork and performance. Created in a matter of weeks, the band chose to self record and produce the EP in an effort to not overthink the pieces, but rather to preserve the raw inspiration and improvisations, evident in not only the music but the visual accompaniment also.
released January 4, 2019
Vocals by Nan Guazi.
Guitars, bass, vocals, synths, samples, and programming by Guigui.
Pipa and guzheng by Gao Haiyan.
All songs written by Guiguisuisui, except ‘Glacier Heart 冰心‘ which is based on ‘Assault on Precinct 13 (Main Title)’by John Carpenter from Assault on Precinct 13 OST (Record Makers 1976).
Recorded at Daftpop Studios and Xiao Music Club, Beijing, China.
Mixed by Guiguisuisui, mastered by Tyron ‘Tyz’ Naudé in Beijing, China (2018).