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The early Pentatonic was formed by Xiaoma as a one man project. The most significant work at this period is the 3-track EP If You Dont Understand Then I won’t Explain to you, which won a considerable amount of possitive comments.Read More...
By mid 2013, the band has come into being. Consisted of original frontman Xiaoma, Damao,Zhang Xi,Du Weibin and Wang Yifeng, the band becomes more mature, and begins to draw both domestic and international attention. The influences of the band's early stage was mainly brought by Mogwai, Sigur Ros and GY!BE, and now has been merged by more variety of genres, such as post punk, math rock and even Jazz.
Pentatonic describe their music to be sentimental, introspective yet ambitious. They intent to develop an iconic sound of their own rather than simply staggering behind those well-knowns. Debut full length album Syndrome will be released on 1st, Oct, 2013, under the re-master of Grey Market Master (master studio of GYBE!) in Montreal based studio, and distributed by one of China's most cutting edge independent music labels 1724 records.
The debut presentation of Pentatonic Syndrome is a punctual reply to those who have waited for 4 years since their first EP. In this brand new album, Pentatonic show their attempts to integrate picturesque musical scenery and experimental affords.
As their first single Maya, a spacious background with soothing guitar solo is reminding how Sigur Ros has impacted on the band. As the whirling ambience goes on, vocal gets involved, no sooner the twisted guitar noise participate in this dark harmony. It’s an avalanche of hearing, which maybe the band’s final contribution to Sigur Ros.
Constellation is composed of 5 sections with different emotions. Driven by a laidback chorus of guitar and keyboard, the music is like a kaleidoscope of city life. Between the ups and downs of each section, listeners may put them under the spotlight of this dramatic music setting.
Dying takes you a while to digest. Human vocal with understandable vocal makes the song less ambiguous, somehow adds to its depressiveness and self-pity. The song is written to reveal Xiaoma’s special appreciation on Portishead, who has been the band’s inspiration.
Twinkle is the rearrange of the classic Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The band tries to combine electronic factors and psychedelic layers of guitar chords with the most familiar melody, in an attempt to create a montage of modern technology and vintage memories.
Sendentary Secretary represents the band’s journey towards math rock territory. In this unique single, a triple-guitar concentration is aggressive, and so is the up-coming explosive guitar noise. The progressive composition of this song is well distinguished among any others from this album, which implies the band’s next metamorphosis is just around the corner.
The rest of this album includes M.W.M, Crusade and Yes I’m fragile, which are written years ago, has got their second chance to be polished and published. They are the milestones of the band’s early exploration of instrumental rock, yet this exploration will continue.
the discography is as follows:
If you don’t’understand then I can’t explain to you (EP,2009)