Bordeaux native Jean-Sebastien Hery is better known as Zhang Si’an (or Djang San) in Beijing’s music circuit. Having spent ten years, on and off, living in Beijing and playing music, he’s now considered a ‘veteran’ in the scene (after all, China has only been rocking for 26 years, considering the press has been claiming that the moment Cui Jian performed ‘Nothing To My Name’ in 1986 symbolised the birth of Chinese rock ‘n’ roll).
He performs as a folk singer, the frontman of experimental/progressive/rock group The Amazing Insurance Salesmen, and now an electronic musician performing under the name ‘Djang San’.
France’s High Wolf possesses a natural-born ability to zero in on the tones most conducive to inducing transcendental states. Prolific without wearing out his welcome, this guitarist and manipulator of effects boxes looses fervid streams of fever-dreamy drones that suffuse any room they enter with mystery. High Wolf’s tracks carry the uncanny sense of sounding as if they’ve been sluicing since the beginning of time, and that he had the graciousness to siphon them for teasingly brief absorption before they shimmer off to the vanishing point. This elite droneur is one of the few musicians who could title a release A Guide To Healing without it coming off as an ironic gesture or a laughable boast. (Cop that 7” and try not to get a spring in your chakras). Dave Segal