[Self released; 2017]
[Self released; 2017]
[Shame File Music; 2018]
The ever-prolific Clinton Green and Chun-liang Liu return to their collaboration Moe Chee to further their unique brand of aural storytelling on Be it Hot, Humid or Ghostly Cold.
Where the project last staked out the high density chatter of the State Library with Testament of the Trinity, Ghostly Cold relocates to Taipei (with the distinctly busier live audience sampler Friction Cassette as the only exception). The change in scenery lends a comparatively serene ambience to these vignettes, with the clutter of metropolitan life reduced to the faint quotidian of life in the sub-tropics.
Clearly the pair have managed to find some sanctuary from the heave of the bustling economy as each recording seems to have been situated in either a place or time of relative calm. One where the senses are piqued by the the plump, humid air; a weight that can be felt in the lazy dial of sprinklers and the slap of thonged feat on wet stone. The tactility of these native objects is highlighted in the ASMR excursions of ‘Courtyard’ and ‘Beer Can Performance’. Meanwhile, the only allusion to the din of post-industrial clustering can be heard on”The Theatre of the Oppressed”, with agitated voices thronging over a rising choral crescendo.
The languor is pervasive amongst the conversation as well, with topics ranging from from distinctly ocker boasts of being able to pick accents from a mile away to tall tales of outback terror, to impromptu renditions of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Like the documentaries of Frederick Wiseman, the candour of Moe Chee’s subjects is unmolested by the invisible scrutiny of the recorder and any need to project a ‘TV-worthy’ narrative.
Without paying too much lip service to my Communications minor, the medium is very much the message here. In their omnipresent capacity, Moe Chee present these vignettes as snapshots of a broader exploration of the musicality inherent in everyday life, and how incidental, living sound is inextricably linked with composition.
By intermingling a vibrant earthly soundscape with the ancient art of storytelling, Moe Chee document the ever-evolving features of human/natural communication while underscoring its permanence as a natural phenomenon. Always different, always the same.