Hangzhou's Li Jianhong has been performing alone and in the duo D!O!D!O!D! for several years, but he only caught Western ears last year with the monumental San Sheng Shi, released by Philadelphia's Archive CD. Oceanic and desolate, Lovers with Cloisonne Bracelet cements Li as a distinctive voice in modern noise. The two halves of this record are an ideal introduction to Li's music: "Lovers in Misery" offers a restrained, electric swell; "Time in the Mirror" wallows in Hototogisu-an guitar hell. Without sacrificing pacing for density, Li has crafted an album that decimates the retrograde psychedelic guitar landscape and trivializes the petty violence of much harsh noise.
Edition of 350 180 gm. LPs in heavy-stock linen-paper sleeves hand-screened, cut, and glued by Reuben Little of 43rd Parallel Press.