Formed in Taipei, Taiwan in 2013 and comprised of members Lu Li-Yang and Lu Jiachi, Scattered Purgatory is a name derived from a Taoist ritual which expiates the souls of the innocent from a state in between life and death and then at last, release. Taipei, where two wheeled transportations are popular, the basin city of dense population and humidity had inspired their music. If a cinematic analogy were used to describe the duo’s sound it would be the equivalent of the massive use of long shots in Taiwan’s 1980s wave of new cinema. Scattered Purgatory employs a similar approach with an oriental narration geographically and spiritually.
Sua-Hiam-Zun is based on Scattered Purgatory’s drone metal/psychedelic folk style with the duo dive deeper into synthesizer layering and sequencing. While keeping their original ambience, they owe as much to krautrock in uences Popol Vuh and Cluster as to SPK, Taj Mahal Travellers and Sunn O))). While their latest reissue God of Silver Grass, the two new tracks with in is new remixes which sampled the original song, but transformed by club music inspired beat and a much colder, digital sound texture, Scattered Purgatory’s music is not limited by genres, but instead, they kept evolving.
Their live performance now is based on syncing each track using dub technics, using deconstructed sound layers and rhythmic patterns from their past and unreleased materials, combined with multiple looping skill and drum machine, they had transformed their meditation music into an aggressive ambient dub set with industrial music live vibe.
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