Emanations of a New World

This is our heaven, a heaven we can see.
But we’ve turned our heaven into hell.
Who’s responsible?
We selfish human beings…
I don’t want to offend any party, but if we were to talk candidly, we can clearly see…
The poisons polluting our earth are very strong.
Viruses and illnesses, they’re getting stronger and more concentrated.
Why?
Because we are the devils.
Who is the devil? Are there really devils?
WE are all devils.
God?
WE are also gods.

Vivian Wang and Leslie Low -both of The Observatory– recount childhood memories of mythological fantasy theme park called Haw Par Villa. First called Tiger Balm Garden, the odd but colorful attraction contained a strange mix of characters and familiar tales from Chinese mythology and folklore, mixed in with earthy depictions of modern life and the Chinese concept of hell. The mutual love and dread of the park is told over eight recordings. Voice, guitar, percussion and other traditional instrumentation weave a cloth of surreal bliss, eeriness and horror.

The release will be out on 29 May from Utech Records. Until then, you can sample Four Rivers of Melancholy and Dread Mountain.

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