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Why Be Free

Label: Old Heaven Books

Format: CD

Genre: Folk

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*2024 stock* "The antennas that grow in your ears and hide in my head. In 2019, Dan and Li's live performance at the OCT-LOFT International Jazz Festival of their album "Mutually Chanting Cipher" was a stroke of genius, and the two of them put together a memorable performance with little advance communication.

In November 2021, Dan traveled to Yunnan to meet Li with Tang. In Dali, they experimented with a wide range of compositions, from acoustic to plugged-in instruments, from Chinese to Western, from ethnic to experimental, and took their playing and instrumentation in a new direction, changing the name of the group from the jokingly titled "Ba Ba Ba and Ba Ba Ba Ben" to something more international. They also changed the name of the group from the jokey "Ba-Ba-Ba and Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba" to the more international "Be-Be-Be-Be-Be-Be-Be-Be-Be-Be-Be.

The album is a selection of representative and groundbreaking pieces from the many recordings they've made as an ensemble, with a diverse range of instruments and a rich, varied and pure sound. The duo's quirky use of effects, Chinese gongs, tabla drums, and analog synthesizers, in addition to their handful of staple blades, is impressive. Like the title of the final track, "After It's Done, You're Seven, I'm Three," humor is omnipresent, and cleverly, it doesn't in any way make this confidently heavy record frivolous, but rather enriches its layers.

Life's a big dream, so why get away with it.

The antennas growing in your ears and hidden in my head should be picking up their signals by now." - bBb bBb bBb

Cat. number: OH 037
Year: 2023
Recorded in Dali, Yunnan in November 2021