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Selected press for “Brave New World Symphony”:
“The nine tracks that emerge are reflective and adventurous, purposefully using the freedom provided by musical experimentation to protest their sudden inability to physically move” – Loud & Quiet
“While many musicians have composed studies in isolation, heartfelt elegies and protest tracks, few have sought to produce cheer ~ perhaps because it has been so hard to access. This album’s sanguine attitude is a rare reminder not to give up on joy ~ not now, with Zoom Christmas right around the corner.” – A Closer Listen
“the pair combine a dizzying number of influences from folk, to synthesized electronic music, to choral music, Chinese instrumentation and hip-hop all into a unique blend. The new album meshes all of that together with the claustrophobic feeling of being stuck in their Brooklyn apartment during COVID isolation.” – Magnetic Mag
“ultimately this seamless blend of free jazz, futuristic electronica and found exterior sound is transformative throughout” – NARC
“It’s instantly recognisable and yet surprising” – Electronic Sound
“‘Involuntary Prophet’ is the definite standout moment, as Liang and Yunfan masterfully deliver an emotive, piano-driven deep house cut that’s as good as anything 2020 has offered up.” – Now Then
Today, genre-bending multidisciplinary electronic duo, Shanghai Restoration Project, have released their new album entitled “Brave New World Symphony”. The album is released via Undercover Culture Music and is available to stream / buy HERE.
On the run-up to release the duo recently shared new singles “Night Odyssey“, “Present Continuous” and “Involuntary Prophet“, which earned plaudits across international media, with the latter also being recently added to Spotify’s Genre Glitch playlist.
Speaking on the album’s release, the band say, “we hope this album will bring some consolation and remind people from all over the world that though isolated, we have gone through all of this together and hopefully will start to see the healing of our societies soon.”
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Shanghai Restoration Project (SRP) is the Brooklyn based electronic duo of Dave Liang and Sun Yunfan. SRP’s border-traversing, retro-futuristic soundscape often uses poetic melodies to draw audiences into imaginary settings where unexpected adventures unfold with a dissonant and polyrhythmic palette. In the shadow of murmuring outer space particles, one might encounter atonal analog synth lines against the backdrop of a tropical storm, household item percussion, and lost and found street sounds from around the world.
Initially inspired by the 1930s Shanghai jazz scene, SRP started out in 2006 as a solo project of Dave Liang. Having cut his teeth as a producer within the Bad Boy Records system, Liang’s early works such as Instrumentals: Day – Night stood out for their organic synthesis of Chinese instrumentation and hip-hop. With Zodiac, SRP began expanding stylistically and brought choral music, electronica, and folk into its lexicon.
In 2011 Liang met multidisciplinary artist Sun Yunfan and the two soon started collaborating – first on music videos and live performance visuals and later on songwriting and production, beginning with 2015’s playful fusion album Life Elsewhere featuring jazz vocalist Zhang Le.
In 2017, the duo released R.U.R., a dark futuristic electronic album that imagines a world in which humans have been replaced by robots, who are trying to understand what led to its predecessors’ extinction. This release marked the group’s shift toward introspection: how to dream a different future and find balance in a changing world.
The group’s 2019 album Flashbacks in a Crystal Ball was a collection of songs about “aha” moments: moments of reflection or intuition where we suddenly see the world in a different light. The release received positive coverage in Clash Magazine, DJ Mag, Earmilk, Electronic Sound, and Pop Matters.
Brave New World Symphony (11 Dec 2020), the group’s latest release, was crafted entirely under quarantine in NYC during the pandemic. Stuck indoors in Brooklyn, the group crafted a collection of songs reacting to the individual and societal changes they observed during this unsettling time.
SRP has been featured on The 405, BBC Radio London, NTS Live, NPR Music, Little White Lies, & Last Call with Carson Daly. Past live performances include Rio Cinema London, Silencio Paris, Amsterdam Dance Event, and the Great Wall of China. Most recently, the group’s music appeared in an Apple commercial as well as the film “Have a Nice Day,” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was released by MUBI in the UK. The film’s soundtrack received positive mentions from VICE, NPR, Variety, and The Guardian.
Album art by Sun Yunfan
Credit: Josh Brine