超级市场 (supermarket)

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RFI this incredible ungoogleable chinese band

all of their albums are on spotify (link) but i can't find anything else about them online.

have been listening to their 2010 and 1998 albums on loop all weekend. the former is mostly ambient techno, the latter a druggy mix of shoegaze and new wave

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G5cogw_-vA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR_dZdqmrCs

flopson, Sunday, 9 January 2022 21:39 (one week ago) link

I thought this was going to be a groceries thread

calstars, Sunday, 9 January 2022 21:51 (one week ago) link

Predicting some orientalism itt

calstars, Sunday, 9 January 2022 22:34 (one week ago) link

?

flopson, Sunday, 9 January 2022 22:43 (one week ago) link

hey flopson, it's not much but i found some stuff on them:

label page for them here (all in chinese):
https://www.modernsky.com/home/artists/167

some academic writing on them on p98-100 of this book:
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=iftKNy0fEWsC

some shots from cool-looking live shows here:
http://www.agalloch21.com/?p=425

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Sunday, 9 January 2022 23:48 (one week ago) link

okay flopson, i google translated a bunch of stuff from the label website...

超级市场 (supermarket)
https://www.modernsky.com/home/artists/167

"Did China's electronic music era flourish from the global EDM wave after 2010?" These are the most hilarious words I've ever heard. However, nowadays, those who can still squeeze their heads in 1998 and wait for a CD of "The Appearance" in the supermarket at the video store may be watching "Summer of the Band" with their children at home, to reminisce about the Chinese electronics 20 years ago. A time when music bands flourished.

"The lineup of the band in 2008 is gone. People are gone, so we don't perform. I think our artistic creation originates from people and from life. So thank you for remembering our broken band, thank you" - Tian Peng

What impressed all the music fans was Tian Peng from the supermarket. What he said 2 years ago, maybe a few years ago in this era of "sub" electronic music, traditional electronic musicians can't see music fans. , but with the spread of the real electronic music culture and the popularization of the public, everyone will gather together again; with the re-prosperity of the band culture, everyone thinks that China once had a nationally renowned electronic band.

2019 is a full 23 years since the establishment of the supermarket. The album "Appearance" in 1998 became the pioneering work of Chinese electronic band albums. In the traditional era before the millennium, it can be recognized by countless media as the best music album of the year. One of them is the brilliance of the development of Chinese electronic music. In 1999, the album "Seven Weapons" became the pinnacle of their works. After erasing the coldness of electronic music, the whole album subverted everyone's impression of electronic music with the label of "warmth". In 2004, the third album "Prosperity" was sent out with a rather eclectic attitude, wrapped with a little mechanized cold storage skin, wrapped with delicate emotions, and the stronger artistry became the focus of discussion. The fourth album "Concert" in 2008 and "2005 We Theory in Pieces" in 2010 have become highly conceptual works, and the most exciting is the 2017 album. The eighth album "Mr. De and Mr. Sai" is separated from the electronic music of the band, from the impactful Techno, to the intersection of the experimental Glitch and the atmosphere, creating a more technological and spatial concept of electronic music itself. that side. In the remaining three months of 2019, in addition to touring, Supermarket has not let up. They are about to release their ninth new album. The number "9" is more representative for the main brain Tian Peng. kind of smooth.

In 1978, the string-controlled electronic organ developed by Mr. Tian Jinqin from Shanxi Taiyuan Electronic Musical Instrument Research Institute became the first self-developed synthesizer in China. In the 1980s, French electronic music pioneer Jean Jarre came to China to perform, and Mr. Xu Jingqing played the theme of Journey to the West. In the song "Cloud Palace Xunyin", Yamaha DX7 was used to complete the soundtrack production of electronic music elements, etc. The development of electronic music in China was not very fast. Rock and electronic music began to be inextricably linked and quickly took root around the world. As the representative of China in this global wave, the supermarket is also the first Chinese electronic band in the sense.

However, the scattered memory points make the old music fans always have the feeling of the supermarket, but it is difficult to touch their band at all times, and they have a special feeling.

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 10 January 2022 00:41 (one week ago) link

The Look (1998)
https://www.modernsky.com/home/release/79
Supermarket Band was established in 1997. After signing with Modern Sky Music Company, they released their first album "Appearance" in July 1998. In addition to Supermarket Band, members of the sober band also participated in the behind-the-scenes production. "Appearance" is an album with a strong electronic style, and it is also an album that uses international musical language to interpret the emotions of Chinese urban youth. There are works such as "perfunctory" and "explosion" that focus more on atmosphere than melody, and some Songs such as "Rose Park" and "Once Upon a Time" that combine coolness and true love, in "If Tonight Comes", the supermarket uses overweight electronic rhythms to create a high-tech psychedelic world, while in "No. In the "Five Elements", the band also focuses on depicting the true feelings that have been withered in postmodern society. "Sad Illusion" creates a mournful but suggestive atmosphere of sadness. "Fog" is a blur with clearer lines. experience, while "specimen" is full of the vivid energy and explosiveness of rock music. As the first real electronic band in China, the Supermarket Band has a unique perspective. They did not copy the cold and numb mentality of European and American electronic bands that originated from the post-industrial society for the overall alienation of human nature. The creative focus is on the relationship between technology and humanities, numbers and emotions and other opposing factors. They try to use music to create a kind of harmony, a kind of technology and people, the harmony between numbers and emotions, and the fact that the pre-industrial society and the post-agricultural society are rubbing against each other and integrating with each other is the true portrayal of the current social state in China. The supermarket band may not only be called To be "the first real electronic band in China", it can also be called "the first real electronic band in China", because the emotions they express with electronic music are closely related to our environment and reality. The relationship between them is real and reliable.

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 10 January 2022 00:42 (one week ago) link

Weapons (1999)
https://www.modernsky.com/home/release/84
This is the second album of "Supermarket", and this time they join four other cute guys to play the piece together. The temperament is looser than the previous one, with a lot less charming guitar phrases, and the astringent sound effects and ping-pong samples endow this album with more electronic components. It's also good because it's the umbrella they like. That's what music is, it has only a thin friendship with hearing.​​
The album "7 Weapons" has a certain degree of no theme, so all the songs do not even have song names, only code names such as "S1" and "S2". This is a rather avant-garde way the new work compares to the previous album. The recording effect is much better than the previous album, which is a big reason why the new work sounds so much better than the previous album.

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 10 January 2022 00:42 (one week ago) link

Prosperous (2004)
https://www.modernsky.com/home/release/97
As the first real electronic band in China, Supermarket Band uses a unique perspective to focus on the relationship between technology and humanities, numbers and emotions and other opposing factors. The status quo of mutual integration is the true portrayal of the current social form in China. The overall color of the album "Prosperity" is more bright, and the transition between dark and lighthearted is more natural. The feeling is that after bringing you a certain appreciation, you do not forget to grasp the relaxed and entertaining side. All the lyrics of the songs are very simple, but the production is very meticulous, even complex, the purpose is to create a larger overall atmosphere - you can completely listen to this album as background music to relieve boredom, At the same time, you can get into each song and experience its unique emotional world carefully - this is also the subtlety of the supermarket's own way.

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 10 January 2022 00:42 (one week ago) link

Concert (2008)
https://www.modernsky.com/home/release/108
The new lineup of the old electronic band, which lasted 4 years, created the perfect "Concert". This album is the 4th album of the Supermarket Band in the 10 years since its debut. Previously, Supermarket has released three albums, "The Appearance", "Seven Weapons" and "Prosperity", which are called "China's first album" by the industry. A true electronic band", and is currently the top electronic band in China. This "Concert" album is a conceptual piece of music. As the producer, the lead singer Yu Umbrella creates a very coherent atmosphere for this album, just like listening to a grand and majestic scene. electronic music concert

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 10 January 2022 00:42 (one week ago) link

2005 Our Fragmented Theory (2010)
https://www.modernsky.com/home/release/120
"2005 Our Fragmented Theory" is Supermarket's fifth album, the first four albums are "Appearance", "Seven Weapons", "Prosperous" and "Concert". This latest album is actually a live sound recording of Supermarket Band from 2000 to 2006, and the tracks are all works that have never been published. It is more casual and grand than the studio works, and has more features. The live charm of electronic music, this album will be a must-have for music fans who like electronic music. Recommended songs: "She is my life" "Time".

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 10 January 2022 00:42 (one week ago) link

Blackeclipse Ink Eclipse (2014)
https://www.modernsky.com/home/release/160
In 1996, there was a band full of modern electric flavor in Chinese music. They had a pioneering attitude, fashionable electronic sound temperament, and they also had a strange but easy-to-remember name called Supermarket. In 2010, the supermarket began to enter a period of silence and precipitation after the low-key release of the fifth album "2005 Our Fragmented Theory". Now, after a lapse of four years, the supermarket has made a sound again, returning to Chinese music with an album "Blackeclipse Ink Eclipse" that is highly conceptualized and completely different from all previous records. The main creator Tian Peng summed up the electrical trajectory of the supermarket in this sentence : "Time is bumpy, feng shui is impermanent, and the supermarket band is swaying on the tidal land, flickering and disappearing." All the songs on the album do not have Chinese names, but instead are replaced by a series of codes starting with M, which fully highlights the The avant-garde and experimental nature of the supermarket is reminiscent of the eerily untitled album of the Icelandic experimental post-rock band Sigur Rós. The temperament of supermarkets in the Chinese music market was already evident in the first album in 1998, which once again proved the transcendental quality of supermarkets. Supermarkets are extremely rhythm-loving, as in M3 and M4. Here, the supermarket led by Tian Peng produces a kind of wave file that makes people feel infinitely reminiscent. At some point, it even feels like a world music remix of a certain nation, filled with mysterious smoke, while Tian The lyrics sung by Peng also have improvisational meanings, and the defining phrase "I want to lie down and fly with you" dominates the expressive space of the song in terms of artistic conception. The changes in the supermarket after the reorganization in 2013 are vividly reflected in this concept album. In the live performance, artists who boldly try to integrate into the visual field create creations and conduct in-depth exploration of the expression on the scene. Similarly, supermarkets also have the rebelliousness of rock music. There was once a music critic who defined the supermarket as the first electronic band in China in the true sense, but Tian Peng obviously disdain this definition, so he gave the supermarket such a Footnote: China's first electronic band without real meaning. Indeed, as Tian Peng said, among all the records in the supermarket, no one can classify them in terms of style, neither Techno, Trance, nor House, Ambient, such indefinable is the supermarket. purpose of exploration. Electronic music has always been a form of music full of variables and intrigues, and every Supermarket album feels like an electronic conspiracy, and this one is no exception. "M0", which is paved with long repeated lyrics as the ending song, is not the usual method of supermarkets. The meaning of the lyrics is greater than the music itself in this song, "Follow me to my world, I will pay for you. Without all your ideals, the road ahead of you is a vast wilderness.” This may be the avant-garde monologue of the supermarkets to their insistence: as always and without fear.

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 10 January 2022 00:43 (one week ago) link

Limit Infinity (2015)
https://www.modernsky.com/home/release/172
In the nineteenth year of their formation, the Supermarket Band brought their seventh official album "Limited Infinity" to demonstrate the infinite possibilities that electronic music can contain with the limited duration of a record. Old music fans must have noticed that last year's return work "Blackeclipse Ink Eclipse" has shown a different creative thinking and auditory texture than before. It is more inclined to notebook music, digital sound effects have replaced analog sound effects in large numbers, and the timbre and rhythm are easier to control, just like liberated productivity, so that the entire album grows more inclusive space and bursts out a more splendid atmosphere. The new album "Limited Infinite" can be described as a natural extension of this exploration, and the method is more and more sophisticated. If "Blackeclipse" is regarded as the purification and crystallization of previous works by the supermarket, "Limited Infinity" is the colorful spectrum and fine texture refracted by this crystal. Or in the words of the main creator Umbrella: the former is a tangible solid, and the latter is the signal and radiation it emits outward. After the quiet piano sound of the opening song, it is the breath-taking Glitch and Minimal radio frequency in "Living", as if firing dense needlepoints at the eardrum. Subsequent tracks have deeper dives, but whether it's the deep grooves on the bases of Trip-hop and Downtempo ("We Humans"), or the comfortably dynamic eight beats of Techno ("I"), the timbre and structure are ingenious. Clear and recognizable, so it can break through the heaviness and heaviness of the root style with a light and agile posture. And those atmospheric songs, such as "Limited" and "The Last Thousand", are like descriptions of the sound of space travel. The material entities and electromagnetic radiation floating in the universe are condensed into sound waves for us to hear, and the limited sound forms are constructed. infinite imagination. The supermarket has achieved a light weight, but it is not obscure and difficult, and the beautiful melody is avant-garde and beautiful as always. Compared with the past, the lyrics in the new album are more "limited", the emotional clips are easy to talk, and the emotional tendencies in the music are immediately ambiguous. Only the song "We Humans" is like the disappointment monologue of a person who understands the world. The power of the melody into the beat of electronic music - a memorable back in the supermarket's transition to a more purely electronic world.

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 10 January 2022 00:43 (one week ago) link

Democracy & Science (2017)
https://www.modernsky.com/home/release/208
In 1997, Supermarket Band was established, becoming the first electronic band in China, wrapping the cold shell of numbers with emotions, creating the sound of the century in which matter and human nature are at war. Twenty years later, the "supermarket system" was launched again, sending new questions to the times with the band's eighth album "Mr. De and Mr. Sai"
Over the past two decades, the supermarket, like a sober bystander, has kept pace with the times in an extremely low-key manner. Each album is like a mirror, following the ups and downs of the times, reflecting fleeting emotions. If the two albums released after 2014, "Blackeclipse Ink Etching" and "Limited Infinite", show us a new flow of supermarket current and become a symbol of the "supermarket system" entering a purer electronic music world, then "Germany" "Mr. and Mr. Sai" is a profound examination of the emptiness that supermarkets have projected into the technological age with high-dimensional music.
Different from all previous albums, in "Mr. De and Mr. Sai", the depiction of human emotions is no longer the main line of the album, but replaced by the gray spiritual void created by technology and atmosphere. In "Siri" and "Belt", Techno is like a gray shadow that hangs over the world. The rhythm of the cold cycle progresses layer by layer, and modern technology is like a virus, which is continuously transmitted to the human body. "I'm sorry, but the project suggested that I'd better not talk about my form of existence." Siri's emotionless response in the sample sent the listener shuddering. The process from infection to terminal illness turned into a whirlpool of Glitch in "Sickness" and "Crash", and Tian Peng's painful and vague vocals spun in between. The black rhythm of "The Grudge" is full of mechanical sense. Trip-hop takes human emotions out, leaving the heavy body to struggle in vain in pain. On the other side of the world, "The Spectator" lowered his eyes and played a deep mourning song for the dying with the piano. Twisted digital sound stacks up in March, forming a full and vibrant aura with the expansive guitars of October. Until "Speechless" and "From Beginning to the End" reveal the truth under the illusory light, the atmosphere returns to the cold and dark as if destiny. Under the icy rhythm, the very pioneering and experimental electronic noise appeared in random waves, the low frequency rushed to the ear, and gradually subsided, lost in the pale noise of Minimal radio frequency.
This is an amazing album. The supermarket uses layers and structures to implant the sense of picture and spiritual core into the digital sound effects of indifference and looping, revealing the deep meaning behind "Mr. De and Mister Sai" with dramatic tension, throwing up meaningful question marks - technology is swallowing up like a flood of beasts In the age of emotion, where will human beings go?

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 10 January 2022 00:43 (one week ago) link

The Nine (2019)
https://www.modernsky.com/home/release/306
Supermarket's 9th album "9" has finally been officially released as the final masterpiece of 2019! Since the release of their first album "Appearance" in 1998, Supermarket has used 9 albums to completely record the musical road they have traveled in the past 23 years, which in a sense also represents the journey of electronic music in China. A hard but rewarding path. For Tian Peng, the leader of the band, the number "9" represents the meaning of "everything goes well". The album has a total of 9 new works, the sampling of a large number of vocal clips, and the refreshing playing of minor keys, make people feel that these music are closer to their own life, and the structure of the album fully presents the concept of traditional independent electronic rock. The more rooted electronic sound created by the module, and the chemical effect produced by the collocation of the musical instrument, is more comfortable.

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 10 January 2022 00:43 (one week ago) link

sorry for wall of text. will be a fun project digging thru this stuff though so thanks for the heads up, i like what i hear so far!

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 10 January 2022 00:45 (one week ago) link

thanks a lot Nick!

flopson, Monday, 10 January 2022 00:55 (one week ago) link

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Nevermind

calstars, Monday, 10 January 2022 01:00 (one week ago) link


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