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关于国内独立音乐人的介绍侧写或者是演出回顾,大家其实也都经常看到,但是来自于一个活跃于北京地下音乐圈多年的资深老外的观点一定显得更加特别。Josh Feola(赵识)住在北京,他既以乐手身份参与及组织摇滚乐和实验音乐演出,同时也是一位优秀的撰稿人,独立运营着音乐网站 pangbianr.com

在每周的专栏[入耳 In My Ears]里,Josh 会以他的独特视角,讲述独立音乐场景中的种种故事,也许还会展示出音乐人、厂牌或是演出场地更加不为人知的一面。

 

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Zaliva-D 《Story》专辑封面

 

让我们以一些怪异的新音乐来开始2017年:Zaliva-D - 《Story》。其实这张有6首作品的EP是2016年底发行的,北京团体Do Hits作为一个厂牌在他们第一年里的年终重磅发行。

 

Zaliva-D 是一个夫妻档,成员是李超和爱新觉罗湲矜,他们操控黑暗声响的合成器与令人不适的实时影像设计。在北京电子乐场景中,Zaliva-D的重低音特别适合关注于地下/非商业之声的DADA。我在2012年早期就开始留意Zaliva-D,那时候DADA还没开张,而他们一直都是局外人。

 

 

那时候,这个二人组会在一些不太可能出现这种音乐的地方表演,比如朋克酒吧 School,民谣吧蓝溪,实验音乐据点杂家。我在XP的早期帮他们安排了一些演出,那里也演实验音乐。Zaliva-D 总是让人不太舒服,这也是最好的。说实话,这些场地都没有足够的低音来支撑他们,所以DADA对他们的声音来说是一种恩赐。但其实他们也并不是特别适合这儿。

 

在听他们的作品之前,Zaliva-D的形象会给你留下第一印象:哥特式的BDSM服装,硬角状的发型,在核战中使用的防毒面具。他们的声音也一点不比这明亮。他们在soundcloud上的自我介绍比我的描述会好很多,他们是这么写的:来自电子地狱的黑菩萨。差不多就是这样。

 

 

我很喜欢在XP安排他们的演出,因为某种程度上他们比一些经常在那里演出的噪音艺术家更冒险,声音上也更有趣。他们总是很大声,我想他们有一次弄坏了低频音箱。看了他们的演出你就会知道,他们对自己在做的事真的是非常非常严肃。在表演中,他们看上去好像被下了咒,或者是他们要去下咒。他们都是友善温和的人,但是到舞台上就变成了恶魔魔法师。

 

我今天选的是《Lullaby》, Zaliva-D这张新EP《Story》的开场曲。它用粗糙的无意义人声开场——像是真咕噜咕噜的声音,或一种变态的泛音歌唱。 当节奏终于出现的时候——大约两分钟后——标志是一个有着仪式感的,听着像南亚音乐的旋律,同时还有一个黑暗泥泞的贝斯线在歌曲底部扭动。虽然其他Do Hits的艺术家也从印度乐器和人声中采样(最新一例是Guzz的《丛林之象》),但Zaliva-D的声音和感觉都不一样,不那么整洁,缺少俱乐部的友好,也更少一般意义上的友好。 更邪恶。

 

相关豆瓣页面

 

Zaliva-D: https://site.douban.com/zaliva-d/

Zaliva-D -Story: https://dohits.bandcamp.com/album/story

 

关于作者

 

 

Josh Feola 是一位音乐人/撰稿人,现居北京。自2010年起,他通过自己的平台“旁边儿”(pangbianr)组织音乐、艺术、电影活动,并先后担任 D-22 与 XP 的演出经理。他的长期项目有撒丽不跳舞实验音乐节(Sally Can't Dance)与北京电子乐偶遇(BEME)。他为以下出版机构撰写过关于音乐、艺术的文章:The Wire,Leap 艺术界,Sixth Tone,Tiny Mix Tapes,他也是纽约观察者报 Gulou View观点专栏的共同作者之一。作为音乐人,他曾在北京乐队吹万担任鼓手,参与首张专辑《白夜》的录音与巡演;目前他是乐队 Subs、迷走神经的鼓手,也化名 Charm 录音、演出。

 

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IN MY EARS #13: Zaliva-D’s Story

 

Zaliva-D -《Story》

 

Let’s kick 2017 off with some weird, new music: Zaliva-D’s Story. This six-track EP was actually released in late 2016, a strong endpoint for Beijing collective Do Hits in their first year as a label.

 

Zaliva-D is the husband-wife duo of Li Chao and Aisin-Gioro Yuan Jin, who divide dark sound synthesis and off-putting live visual design between them. Within the Beijing electronic music scene, Zaliva-D’s bass-heavy productions fit best at Dada, with its focus on underground and less commercial sounds. I’ve been following Zaliva-D since early 2012, before Dada was even open, and they’ve always been an outlier.

 

 

In those days, the duo could be found performing in unlikely places, like punk dive School Bar, folk bar Blue Stream, and experimental music haven Zajia Lab. I booked them several times at XP in the early days of that club, which also focused on experimental music. Zaliva-D was always an uncomfortable fit, in the best way. Frankly, none of those venues had enough bass to sustain them, so Dada has been a blessing for their sound. But they don’t quite fit there, either.

 

Before hearing anything, the first thing you notice about Zaliva-D is their look: hard-gothic BDSM attire, intensely angular hairstyles, and gas masks that would let your lungs survive a nuclear fog. Their sound isn’t much brighter. I can’t really give a better description than they do themselves on their Soundcloud, where they write: “The black Bodhisattva from electronic hell.” Pretty much.

 

I liked booking Zaliva-D at XP, because in some ways they were more adventurous and sonically interesting than a lot of the noise artists that would regularly play there. Certainly they were louder, most of the time. I think they broke a bass amp once. You can tell by watching them that they are very, very serious about what they do. Performing live, they act almost as if they’re under a spell, or maybe like they’re trying to cast one. In person they’re sweet and humble; on stage they truly look and sound like demon conjurers.

 

 

 

Which brings us to today’s selection: “Lullaby”, the opening track from Zaliva-D’s new Story EP. It starts off with abrasive, wordless chanting — more like grunting really, or a kind of perverted overtone singing. When a rhythm finally manifests — after about two minutes — it’s marked by a ritualistic, South Asian-sounding melody on the high end and a dark, muddy bass line writhing around the bottom for the rest of the song. Though other Do Hits artists have been known to sample Indian instruments and vocals (see Guzz’s An Elephant in the Jungle for a recent example), this sounds and feels different, less neat, less club-friendly. Less friendly in general. More sinister.

 

If you want a small sample of what I’m talking about, you can catch Zaliva-D’s Li Chao tonight (Saturday, January 7) at Dada Beijing, as he supports the release of Spyfi (aka Senders Chen)’s latest release, Let Me Low It.

 

Associated pages

 

Zaliva-D: https://site.douban.com/zaliva-d/

Zaliva-D - “Story”: https://dohits.bandcamp.com/album/story

 

About the author

 

 

Josh Feola is a writer and musician based in Beijing. He’s organized music, art, and film events in the city since 2010, via his label pangbianr and as booking manager of live music venues D-22 and XP. His ongoing event series include the Sally Can’t Dance experimental music festival and the Beijing Electronic Music Encounter (BEME). He has written about music and art for publications including The Wire, LEAP, Sixth Tone, and Tiny Mix Tapes. He also co-authors the Gulou View opinion column for the New York Observer. As a musician, he formerly played drums in Beijing band Chui Wan, recording on and touring behind their debut album, White Night. He currently plays drums in SUBS and Vagus Nerve, and also records and performs under the name Charm.

 

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