Yellow River Blue

Yu Su - Yellow River Blue
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Based on 3 reviews
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Based on 80 ratings
2021 Ratings: #55
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January 22, 2021 / Release Date
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bié Records / Label
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Yellow River Blue is a truly intoxicating experience, akin to a spellbinding late night story told by a stranger. As outsiders, we may not have the context, but we know more than enough to realize we’re witnessing something intimate and special. This is easy listening fit for deep reflection.

Tying ambient soundscapes, borderline IDM and subtle snapshots of traditional music into a coherent, yet distinctive, body of work, this auspicious debut forecasts a promising future for Yu Su.

Created with an exacting sense of compositional precision, it nevertheless wanders like a slow-moving river, offering a new discovery around every bend.

Vancouver-based Yu Su spends the duration of Yellow River Blue contemplating the exploration of the world and never quite settling down, all while looking back to her home in China. The album title speaks to the nature of Huang He, or Yellow River, one of the longest rivers within that country, and seems to serve as the base in which Yu Su creates these downtempo electronic tracks.

Yellow River Blue is a constantly bustling record, borrowing sounds ranging from ambient to house music that ... read more

Canadian artist Yu Su has released abstract ambient-house music that invigorates your mind and lets your thoughts play an active role by participating in contextualizing the complex and sometimes wild sounds. There are some original and beautifully textured sounds that are sure to refresh your imagination and entrance you. Music for writing, deep thinking, or even mind-numbing relaxation. You'll get lost in your head. The elements of house music probably won't get you dancing but ... read more

Yu Su takes the stylistics of oriental music, rearranging them into various creative and beautifully complex, electronic and ambient landscapes, reaching to funk and disco as well. This album feels like the center of the city and the center of the forest. It's illustrative and relaxing.
Country: China / Canada

Genre: Ambient House

For fans of: Nídia, Ian Chang, Kelly Lee Owens

An album themed around always being on the move, Yu Su blends traditional Chinese instrumentation with ethereal synths and just enough house to keep you moving along with it. This record is remarkably consistent with everything it attempts, from dancefloor filling bops such as the opener Xiu, to peaceful and moodier pieces such as the excellent Melaleuca. It always seems to stick the ... read more
There are many different styles of electronic music interwoven on “Yellow River Blue,” most prominently ambient dub and tribal ambient, yet each track is tinged with cultural importance, both from Yu Su’s eastern upbringing in China and her current western roots in Canada. As the title, “Yellow River Blue,” suggests, this cultural, instrumental, and traditional warping is the main idea on the album from start to finish.

Within the very first seconds of the first ... read more
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Track List

  1. Xiu
  2. Futuro
  3. Touch-Me-Not
  4. Gleam
  5. Melaleuca
  6. Klein
  7. Dusty
  8. Melaleuca
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Added on: January 20, 2021