Artist of the week: Cold Fairyland

 

Cold Fairyland, a Shanghai music group, is one of the most creative and skilled progressive rock bands in China. Their style combines Eastern melodies and rhythms with Western symphonic rock. While the fusion part is relatively easy to describe the music itself is not. Combining riffs that are in 7/8 or 13/8 and often layered to be played with different instruments simultaniously might make one to think the end result is a chaos, but the music is still entertaining and solid. Their music has influences from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, early Genesis, Björk, Wong Faye and Dou Wei.

CFL was established 2001 by Lin Di and bassist Su Yong. The name Cold Fairyland comes from a Chinese translation of one of Haruki Murakami’s books (known in English as “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World”) favored by Lin Di and reflects the sometimes dark tones of their music.

Cold Fairyland has released 5 albums, two in Taiwan, 3 in China the last one being a live album recorded in ARK Club in Shanghai 2005.

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