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Following The Ether Sun

by Forrest Fang

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Richard Gürtler
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Richard Gürtler ..."Hinterlands" keeps on the path of richly perfumed palette, where flamboyantly multi-cultural and venturesomely textured sonorousness meticulously amalgamates with bizarrely fascinating laid-back downtempos. Yes, all these are exquisite signatures exhibiting highly accomplished musicianship, Forrest Fang at the very top of his ingenuity...

73-minute "Following The Ether Sun" album is another outstanding release by Forrest Fang. His consistence in delivering gems filled with his trademarking multifarious ingredients is just amazing, and as always, each of these journeyings is magically transporting for each dedicated listener.
John Cratchley
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John Cratchley Very satisfying fusion of unusual instrumentation and stratospheric ambience...
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rikm Over the years I've come to really enjoy Forrest Fang's work, and Following the Ether Sun firmly establishes me as a fan.

During the course of its 73 minute length, I've found myself drifting and floating along on a wave of musical bliss, and I
am reminded of why I love the ambient genre so very much.

Truly an essential release for 2017...
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patient_ot This is a very fine album that I enjoy greatly. It is too early to say if it tops Forrest’s phenomenal album from last year, The Sleepwalker’s Ocean. The feeling of this album is distinct from that one and may be more immediately accessible to some listeners due to the shorter length. If you enjoy adventurous, ambient-leaning music with a wide variety of instrumentation you should find much to appreciate here. Favorite track: The Last Technicolor Dream.
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Chiaroscuro 07:36
Hinterlands 05:12


“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” – Sir Francis Bacon
Synthesist/multi-instrumentalist Forrest Fang’s mesmerizing and emotive electronic-ambience glides upon hypnotizing impressionistic floating formations. Spacemusic, world music and deep atmospheric zones combine and organically dissipate into a flow of drifting vapor trails. With a rich range of unconventional acoustic instruments, the 73-minute album is a fascinatingly filigreed multi-layered work.

Virtuoso Chinese-American sound-shaper Fang moves from the aquatic depths of his previous release, 2016’s “The Sleepwalker’s Ocean,” into the open sky of “Following the Ether Sun.” The result is a refined hybrid of Western and Eastern influences: a complex imaginary world of mysterious yet engaging melodies, textures, and rhythms.

“This release grew out of my work on ‘Sleepwalker,'” says Fang. “I developed several rhythmic ideas that I ultimately shaped into a larger sonic environment filled with ambient and ethnic touches. The sounds are both acoustic and electric, some treated, others not, but with an open-endedness I associate with the continuous sky above. In this space, the ‘ether sun’ represents a personal ideal or goal that I continuously try to attain but never quite reach. The fun is in following it and trying to harness its energy and warmth, if only for a short time.”

Besides synthesizer, violin, and an array of hand-based percussion instruments, Fang also plays uncommon stringed instruments such as the dan bau (Vietnamese one-stringed monochord), cumbus (Turkish lute), Japanese palm harp and kora (African lyre).

Forrest Fang has conjured a fantastical auditory realm which unites ever-shifting soundworlds through a distinctive global approach.



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Projekt is America's premier independent label specializing in passionately intense introspective music in the ambient, electronic, ethereal & darkwave genres.

39-year-old Projekt is home to Steve Roach, Erik Wøllo, Michael Stearns, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Aurelio Voltaire and many others. The label continues to nurture the careers of its select roster of artists.
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