Calling themselves China’s most influential underground band, Carsick Cars released their third album, “3” on the Beijing label Maybe Mars in February. For the new album, songwriter Shouwang has jettisoned the hard riffs of his earlier style to create sophisticated, shimmering songs, still based on his trademark drones and deceptive
rhythms; and showcasing the extraordinary guitar playing that has characterized all his music. Like both of the band’s previous albums, the music rests on Shouwang’s intense, pop-inflected song melodies, which he and bassist He Fan and drummer Monkey, both of whom joined the band in 2011, tear apart in music that veers from repetitive, intricate drones to complex mood shifts.
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