I’m not even sure if our content management system will accept the title of the new album by Hong Kong’s Hyponic. For obvious reasons, I can’t really tell you what it’s called – or even what it means. I reckon it’s in Cantonese, but I’m not certain.
What I am certain of, however, is that this will not be everyone’s cup of tea. As you know, how you perceive music is mostly about subjectivism and feelings, where you are in life, the mood you’re in, if your cat died the day before or whatever. Sometimes you can rationally say ‘I like this because the musicians do so and so and make this song sound like this’, other times there is no rational explanation as to why you enjoy a certain work of art.
Like in the case of ‘前行者’. I can’t say why I like it. Is it metal? Is it even music? I’m tempted to say it’s just plains of sound. Dark sound. Very dark sound, in fact. The last ‘song’ – paradoxically called Intro – is a cover tune, and it’s the track that comes closest to a traditional drums, guitars and some-kind-of-vocal structure. And still it’s not really a song as we know them.
But the thing is that this album strikes a chord in me. It hits a dark note that resonates within me, and without being sure what exactly it is, I completely take it in. This is perfect music for me to use as a backdrop for work when I need to be focused and shut everything out. There are no vocals to concentrate on, and the darkness in the music simply triggers a determination in me to finish what I’m doing and move on to the next. Atmospheric, yet terribly effective. Great stuff.
6. Intro (virus cover)
Playing time: 34 minutes
Release date: 10th of August, 2016
Label: Weird Truth Productions