Having concluded their enduring Scene and wʌndərlænd series, Hualun (花伦) spent the next two years exploring the improvisation of trio forms and "internalized rhythm music” utilizing sampling, drum machine, synthesizer, and minimalist piano. What emerged was The Minor Trio I, the first of a new series focusing on the texture of sound, furthering the Shenzhen-via-Wuhan three-piece’s oscillations between tradition and modernity, improvisation and structural clarity.
From Jake Newby's Concrete Avalanche:
Opener ‘Inner Vision’ sets the tone. A guitar-driven number with underlying synths that vibrate and vacillate, it puts down a marker for a series that will “focus on the texture of sound”.
‘Drops’, while distinct, feels closer to the textures explored on Tempus, with what begins as a simple refrain but gradually spirals into something more (gently) chaotic as the band build layers of rhythmic structures only to unpick them again.
Finally, ‘Stranger Than Paradise’ is a more pensive but no less beautiful song that, much like their Scene material, has the sense of a soundtrack for an engrossing arthouse film that’s yet to be made.
In sum, it’s another reminder of why this band should be treasured and of how, with their constant restlessness and desire to experiment, everything they produce is worth hearing.
released September 22, 2023
Composed by HuaLun
Synthesizer: Ding Mao
Guitar / synthesizer: MK
Keyboard / synthesizer: Rubey
Produced by Konney + Rubey
Mixing and mastering by Rubey
Recorded at NSO Studio, ShenZhen, 2023
Cover design by XPanda.K
Cassette layout by Aaris K
©&℗ 2023 New Song One Ltd.