Mongolian Rocker, Wulijimuren, is a man who has worn a variety of shoes and in turn, has translated his experiences into eclectic musical gold as his life journey unfolds throughout his latest album release, ‘Sun of UTC+8’. Here are our track-by-track thoughts.
Kicking off with the first track, “Rock Boots of Midnight at the Roadside”, Wulijimuren creates a dark instrumental atmosphere and sets sail into the first taste of his stripped down sound on the guitar that is pleasing to both the ear and mind. The second track, “Railway Station Ulaanbaatar”, kicks off with a sample of the horn of a train and then injects listeners with a smooth ferocity as Wulijimuren’s guitar pulsates with passion. “Train to the West” is the third track that slows it down into a moody instrumental escapade into a state of indecision as Wulijimuren instrumentally creates the feeling of uncertainty. The fourth track, “Ticket to Hometown”, showcases that Wulijimuren is hungry for more as he instrumentally strums away and clears the path for a better life over a mixture of Blues and Folk elements.
“Liquor of My Hometown” is the fifth track that begins with a sacred showcase of freedom and then takes a turn into a dark and more melodic touch of Metal that emits the feeling of raw pain. The sixth track, “The Fate of Blue Wolf”, sheds light on Wulijimuren’s ethnicity as his guitar-prowess naturally creates a feeling of equanimity within listeners. “Vast Sky” is the seventh track that begins with the mystery and crystalline feeling laced into music by Bjork back in her ‘Homogenic’ days and then swiftly shifts into a floogy gloom that is created through Wulijimuren’s extensive instrumental capabilities. The ninth track, “Dream of Blue Mountain” is full of richly layered guitar work that propels listeners into a dreamy state of mind as Wulijimuren notably places fluctuations in tempo at the seemingly perfect time. The tenth and title track, “Sun of UTC+8”, begins with a creative twist that incorporates sounds made by lamb and sheep and then tones it down into a chilled blast of soul driven through inventive instrumental work. Closing out with “Twelve Years”, Wulijimuren ties in a dose of Trip-Hop and broadens his already extensive musical landscape which evokes a timeless quality that is challenging to discover within music of our modern-day.
‘Sun of UTC+8’ is as spiritual of an experience as it is musical. Wulijimuren is a seasoned musician who has walked with his head held high across his idiosyncratic journey of life. If you’re a fan of the guitar-playing style of Eric Clapton mixed with a touch of Tengger Cavalry, then grab your copy of ‘Sun of ‘UTC+8’ on Soundcloud.
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