good album. uses some of the same synth palette as genre-specific xperience, but it still sounds pretty good and refreshed. thought the vocal excerpts sounded out of place in the songs though. quite on the nose with the political shit. she doesn't have to be preachy right in the middle of the music imo. if she wants to go ratm/m.i.a. she should stick with making music based on themes rather than being didactic.
no sense criticising the concept, which was a fucking cool idea. it was the execution that fell flat, pretty much zero variation in sound and a surprising lack of depth to each track. its either evidence of her limitations as a musician or evidence of her going full circle in her (by now pretty tired) exploration of shallow, empty kitsch and actually creating something that is ultimately shallow, empty kitsch
It really surprises me how many positive reviews Asiatisch has garnered. Hate to be a hater, but Asiatisch is a shallow record better suited to serve as weak accompaniment to an art installation rather than music you really listen to.
I'm sure she is cool, but a lazy musical experiment on Orientalism does not a good record make.
lol @panzerese she herself said it was a journey through western imagining of china/chinese sounds. interesting concept for an album but its pretty boring & kinda just feels like a rehashing of Desert Strike, which was incredible
I think all you need to understand this project is her own explanation of what it is: a journey through an "imagined China". Knowledge of her history really only serves to flesh out the project and why she would be interested in creating a body of work inspired by western orientalist views of Chinese culture.
Seperat0r: I understand your analogy, however, I think good art in and of itself shouldn't need any props, prefaces, or explanation. It should be able to stand on its own without knowing the artist personally, or have any other extraneous prerequisites for enjoyment. For example, I write poetry; you shouldn't NEED to see me perform a poem, know my origin, or be given a contextual preface for my subject matter in order to 'get it' or understand what I'm trying to get across artistically. If you do, then the art doesn't stand on its own and is either: a) not very good, or b) serves in tandem as an accessory/prop for a greater piece (which is fine), and shouldn't be taken as a serious endeavor out of context. With that being said, I really enjoy GSX and am going to try out Asiatisch soon enough.
You gotta know her as a visual artist and a person before you really enjoy the music. People want a quick understanding, a drive-thru experience, but you're not gonna get that. If you're holding her to the same standard of progressiveness and technical proficiency that you're judging electronic music in general with you're not gonna know why it's interesting. If I may reach for an anaolgy; it's like Dethklok. You probably wouldn't care about Dethklok's music if you didn't watch Metalocalypse, but because there's this show, these characters, this pretense of something other than the music as a companion piece, you like to hear the music on it's own because you know where it's coming from.
combining "nothing compares 2 u" with classical chinese poetry and a cheap japanese keyboard in the hands of a renowned kuwaitian visual artist - that's just great.
looking for authentic arabic music you're in the wrongest of places here.