In attempting to capture the sounds that resonate in peaceful tropics, such as the Dalian Echo Library, there is a degree of restraint and blissful inertia that goes hand in hand with the feeling of simply reading a book, or more simply still, meditating on an idea.
Of Wang Wen fame, guitarist Xie Yugang attempts to communicate that subtle satisfaction of simply being still and content in the company of books and like-minded bookish folks on his new record Echo in Library.
The album opens with Rachel in the Rain, which crackles at points with the sound of a turning page, and the building anticipatory noises that could be associated with a growing thickness of plot.
Songs have such names as Sleeping on the Reading Party, and sound fascinatingly ambient, with static pouring on the day like rain, with careful bright synthesizers which occur like falling pin drops. The overall effect of such delicate ambience hearkens to some North-West American/Canadian electronica, where the rain and the weather prevail upon us to seek the sanctuary of the indoors, and adventure through pages rather than self-experience.
This record is a dreamy, somnolent requiem for a bookstore which shut its doors this past summer. Xie Yugang wills himself back inside those doors, dreaming of dreams dreamt within the doors of a safe haven for himself and his ilk.