The Landscape the Tropics Never Had

by Chui Wan

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任词语变换 / Let the word be transformed 任词语变换 / Let the word be transformed 如果一句话是另一句话的一瞬间 / If one sentence is a split second of another sentence 就像一个字是一个词的一个片段 / It’s just as if one letter is a fragment of a word 也许眼睛比耳朵听的更清楚一点 / Perhaps the eye hears a bit more clearly than the ear 也许闭口不言胜过一次交谈 / Perhaps remaining silent surpasses conversation
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他是小偷,却从未得手 / He’s a thief, but he never succeeds 他大声喊叫,却无人应答 / He screams out loud, but no one answers 他的建筑物,从未完成 / His buildings are never completed 他是爱人,尽管有所保留 / He’s a lover, despite some reservations 请别留下,会被忘记的 / Please don’t leave behind what shall be forgotten 一具具青春骸骨 / Skeletons of youth 请别停下,我的朋友啊 / Please don’t stop, my friend 这是热带从未有过的风景 / This is the landscape the tropics never had
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沙漠电影的速度 / The desert film’s speed 是坑坑洼洼和 / Is full of potholes and 别别扭扭的字幕 / Awkward, awkward subtitles 是坑坑洼洼和 / It’s full of potholes and 沙漠电影的速度 / The desert film’s speed 是别别扭扭的 / Is awkward, awkward 沙漠和剪辑的字幕 / The desert and its edited subtitles 是沙漠电影的速度 / Is the desert film’s speed
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不是七十年以前 / Not 70 years ago 不是三十年以前 / Not 30 years ago 不是今天 / Not today 不是一朝一夕 / Not day and night 亚细亚的孤儿 / The orphan of Asia 不是一朝一夕 / Is not day and night
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一个人 / A person 在晴天 / On a clear day 晴天 / A clear day 抬起头 / Lifting up their head 看到一片云 / Sees a cloud 看到一片云 / Sees a cloud 像一只羊 / It looks like a sheep 的一片云 / that cloud 像一只羊 / It looks like a sheep 的一片云 / that cloud 那个人 / That person 晴天 / on a clear day 正站在 / is standing 那片云的影子里 / In the cloud’s shadow 那只羊的影子里 / In the sheep’s shadow 那片云的影子里 / In the cloud’s shadow 那只羊的影子里 / In the sheep’s shadow 像一只羊 / Looks like a sheep 的一片云 / that cloud 一只羊 / a sheep 一片云 / a cloud 在八千米的空中游荡 / Wandering eight thousand miles in the sky 在八千米的空中游荡 / Wandering eight thousand miles in the sky 在八千米的空中游荡 / Wandering eight thousand miles in the sky 在八千米的空中游荡 / Wandering eight thousand miles in the sky

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A fluid, mysterious and enchanting crystallization of Chui Wan’s heavy-psychedelic mind flights; a steadfast exploration of sound and structure at the outer edges of beauty and psych-rock geist.

"Let the word be transformed…"

Speaking cryptically, if at all, Chui Wan invites the listener once again to the other side of the word, the flipped script of song, on a bold and confident journey to the outer edges of beauty and psych-rock geist. The Landscape the Tropics Never Had locks you in from song one, “Lunar Sea,” a kaleidoscopic reverie at fever pitch.

"If one sentence is a split second of another sentence…"

This album, Chui Wan’s third, is the clearest crystallization of the band’s sound yet — as crystals do, it refracts the seen world into a rainbow of perceptions, a cold burn moving fluidly across time and space, steeped in influence but sounding always, inescapably new, now. Strict rhythmic repetition — a matter of both discipline and artistry — has always given the band its backbone, and the steady ground here serves as a foundation for higher highs, a dynamic tension that holds taught across the entire album.

"Perhaps the eye hears a bit more clearly than the ear
Perhaps remaining silent surpasses conversation"

The Landscape the Tropics Never Had is filmic, but it avoids the image just as it avoids the word, like a long, panning shot of a desert vista where the only movement comes from imagined waving lines of heat, sands shifting as imperceptibly as the wind itself. The Landscape the Tropics Never Had unwinds something inside the mind, transforms the word — it eludes the spelling and dials in the spell.

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released September 1, 2017

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