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Ancestor EP


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The debut EP from enigmatic duo TZECHAR.

The history of TZECHAR goes back about five years, to an account on YouTube and a cryptic, spastic Tumblr. The very first video lampoons K-Pop heartthrob Taeyang, chopping a video of his balladry into a twisted yearning for desserts. But as the idol goofily twitches and turns to his confectionery cravings, one can’t help but revel in the melodic textures of the remix itself. With ribbons of synths layered upon sheets of dark chocolate bass, this was beyond a simple remix; coupled with the video, this song was meant to be an experience.

TZECHAR would continue to bring their original eye to the world of Asian pop, effectively communicating in multiple tongues the absurdism and the artistry of pop songcraft with their brilliant videos and remixes. They would build a devoted following amongst other pop fans who could take a joke and understood the inherent ridiculousness of (pop) culture, building upon their own ambiguous mythology while playing with forms as ranging as grime, footwork, ambient, trap and noise.

Through our appreciation of their multimedia work, long conversations between Hush Hush Records and TZECHAR over the therapeutic properties of “night bus” ensued. Member Lam Suet made the fourth Distant Lights mix for Hush Hush. Multiple, amazing remixes were released. Media outlets kept investigating who TZECHAR was and what they wanted. And finally, a record is released.

TZECHAR’s 'Ancestor' EP represents their first released work of original songs, a summary of the ideas and influences that required TZECHAR to be created in the first place. Ancestor represents a way of resolving this East-meets-West on a very individual level. As two young people caught in the divide of globalization versus cultural imperialism, every detail, from the lyrics to the samples to the key changes to the chords, reflects a conscious awareness of this cultural cold war. Samples are pulled from obscure Eastern sources as a way to expand beyond the prevalent Western dominance of electronic music. But even with these self-imposed constraints, the end product is effectively transcendent and profound, perhaps precisely because such care was made to sound distinctly disparate from the foundation up. It's a record that continues to reward listen after listen.


released September 23, 2016

Mastered by Tony "Jack the Bear" Mantz.

Cover image by TZECHAR.

TZECHAR / Tumblr - tzechar.tumblr.com
TZECHAR / Soundcloud - soundcloud.com/lamsuet
TZECHAR / YouTube - www.youtube.com/user/tzechar
TZECHAR / TV - tzechar.tv


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