Chinese Psych Band Chui Wan Premiere
Cinematic New Video for
“The Sound Of Wilderness” on NPR
“The band’s roots are in psychedelic fuzz, but on its self-titled second album, the rhythms are far more complex and playful, like a Broadcast record inspired by Chinese folk songs and The Velvet Underground.” –NPR
“Listen to it with your hashpipe handy.” -Death + Taxes
“…Chui Wan killed it.” – The Austin Chronicle
Beijing-based experimental psychedelic rock band Chui Wan (吹万) have dropped the stunning new video for song ‘The Sound of Wilderness’, on NPR.
The song itself is a journey, emotive and explosive within its diverse range of styles and sounds, but its the accompanying music video that is the focus here. Visually, the work is a masterpiece.
Shot over two days in Beijing and Harbin by underground Chinese director Zhang Jinglei (affectionately known to the band as ‘Dummy’), the video is inspired by the director’s personal experience when hearing the music for the first time. “When I first got this song and listened on the street, its 30 seconds long high frequency prelude just sounds like enlightenment to me. I felt my view was slowly taken over by pure white color,” she says. The concept is about enlightenment within wilderness and, set to the epic sound of the Chinese four-piece, Jinglei’s mesmerizing visuals and luscious landscapes serve as a representation of the band’s hypnotic music.
Catch their stretched out melodies and musical intricacies, which help to create a spirited journey that leads to auditory enlightenment.
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