Today, genre-bending multidisciplinary electronic duo, Shanghai Restoration Project, return with their new single ‘Beeswax Chamber’. The track is taken from their new album due out 8th November entitled ‘Flashbacks In A Crystal Ball’, which will be released via Undercover Culture Music.
The new single was premiered with CLASH yesterday, who described the single as “utterly fascinating”, going on to say that it’s “a piece that seems to probe the methodology of chance while remaining technically perfect, it delves into darker aspects of the psyche while reaching towards the light.
Speaking about the single the band said, “‘Beeswax Chamber’ is a song about isolation. With the rise of social media, the world increasingly values distorted interactions between curated self-hoods and performed identities at the expense of genuine interpersonal connections.
Over time these repeated distortions lead to feelings of alienation. ‘Beeswax Chamber’ explores what happens when we have no means nor anyone with which to share our deepest thoughts, leading to compounding feelings of anxiety in the solitary confinement of our own psyche.
Starting with a vocal sample recorded in an actual wax chamber, the song unfurls with different thought motifs (cello, piano, hums) that begin to aggravate and interfere with one another as the frenzy intensifies.”?
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Shanghai Restoration Project (SRP) is the Brooklyn based electronic duo of Dave Liang and Sun Yunfan. SRP’s genre-bending, border-traversing, retro-futuristic soundscape often uses poetic melodies to draw audiences into imaginary settings where unexpected adventures unfold with a dissonant and polyrhythmic palette. In the shadow of murmuring outer space particles, one might encounter atonal analog synth lines against the backdrop of a tropical storm, household item percussion, and lost and found street sounds from around the world.
Initially inspired by the 1930s Shanghai jazz scene, SRP started out in 2006 as a solo project of Dave Liang. Having cut his teeth as a producer within the Bad Boy Records system, Liang’s early works such as Instrumentals: Day – Night stood out for their organic synthesis of Chinese instrumentation and hip-hop. With Zodiac, SRP began expanding stylistically and brought choral music, electronica, and folk into its lexicon.
In 2011 Liang met multidisciplinary artist Sun Yunfan and the two soon started collaborating – first on music videos and live performance visuals and later on songwriting and production, beginning with 2015’s playful fusion album Life Elsewhere featuring jazz vocalist Zhang Le.
In 2017, the duo released R.U.R., a dark futuristic electronic album that imagines a world in which humans have been replaced by robots, who are trying to understand what led to its predecessors’ extinction. This release marked the group’s shift toward introspection: how to dream a different future and find balance in a changing world.
The group’s upcoming album Flashbacks in a Crystal Ball (Nov 8, 2019) is a collection of songs about “aha” moments: moments of reflection or intuition where we suddenly see the world in a different light. These moments are sprinkled throughout our lives: the instant children realize their parents are flawed, the acknowledgement that a pipe dream is no longer worth the pursuit, the revelation of truth in the passing of a loved one, or the decision to dedicate a lifetime to a craft.
SRP has been featured on The 405, BBC Radio London, NTS Live, Electronic Sound, NPR Music, Little White Lies, & Last Call with Carson Daly. Past live performances include Rio Cinema London, Silencio Paris, Amsterdam Dance Event, and the Great Wall of China. Most recently, the group’s music appeared in an Apple commercial as well as the film “Have a Nice Day,” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was released by MUBI in the UK. The film’s soundtrack received positive mentions from VICE, NPR, Variety, and The Guardian.
Shanghai Restoration Project
‘Flashbacks In A Crystal Ball’
Undercover Culture Music
1. Sudden Rush Of Memories
2. Tactile Sonic Glide
3. Time Gambler
4. Jazzy Grandma
5. Dance School At Dusk
6. Soft Diamond
7. LIC Colour Blast
8. Beeswax Chamber
9. Elegy For Wave Organ