来自英国电音杂志《Electronic Sound》新刊的乐评一则
Xia Ye Review on Electronic Sound Latest Issue


09.19 2022







         关于 Night Swimmer 新专辑的好消息不断。在数码时代之下异军突起的英国纸质电音杂志《Electronic sound》在最新的第93期推荐了我们的《Xia Ye》!翻译如下:


Night Swimmer(何登科 Ethan)是来自湖北武汉的电子音乐制作人,他的新专辑《Xia Ye》启发于一次家乡山郊之行。 然而,这张专辑的创作正值新冠疫情爆发的初期,不可避免地将它的音乐笼罩在一层巨大的焦虑之中,犹如异形态的摇滚,但又同时不断在其中唤醒对自然的神往。

一如 “飞来音” 在潺潺流水之声之上挑拨各类科幻音效,或者像「脑海」里电子合成的哨声与异世界灵动的合成鸟啾齐鸣,大部分曲目都没有滑入纯环境音乐的世界之中,反而借助情绪浓厚的传统中国笛声或悠远的铃声元素,中和了电子声音中的不安分与邪性。

其他曲子,例如 “杀时间” 和 “送虚空” 会让人一开始觉得有点反乌托邦,但带有闪光质感的制作与华丽的音景相互对应,每次聆听时都会展现出微妙而引人入胜的细节。


Original Article:

Night Swimmer is Chinese producer "Ethan" He Dengke, and 'Xia Ye' was inspired by a journey in the mountains near his Wuhan home. However, the album was produced just as the emerging Covid virus began to break out into a full pandemic, tempering those evocations of nature with a colossal anxiety that warps each track here like metamorphic rock.

'Silver Flying' takes the sound of running water, agitating and boiling it beneath sci-fi sonics, while 'Nature In Mind' coaxes whistling synths into patterns which resemble eerie, unnatural bird calls. But rather than descending into a kind of environmental doom, elements of traditional Chinese music - emotive flutes, reverberant chimes - neutralise the uneasy electronics into something less sinister.

While pieces such as 'Killing Time' and 'The Unravelling' initially feel a little dystopian, the glistening production contrasts beautifully against the florid sonic landscape, revealing subtle and engaging details each time you listen. (ST)