R​.​U​.​R.

by Shanghai Restoration Project

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A reaction to the current state of the world, R.U.R. imagines a world in which humans have been replaced by robots who are trying to understand what led to its predecessors’ extinction. Via a time capsule, the robots learn about humanity’s most noble endeavors (art, agriculture, science) and worst attributes (narcissism, materialism, environmental degradation) and wonder if the universe will ever see the likes of these peculiar beings again. The title R.U.R is from the 1920s Czech play Rossum’s Universal Robots where the word robot originated.

The album marks a shift from SRP’s more recent whimsical releases towards introspection, a reaction to the changing world. Setting out to find balance in chaos, R.U.R. plays with a more dissonant and polyrhythmic palette featuring atonal analog synth lines and samples including household items, Malaysian rainforest insects, China’s omnipresent in-store marketing chants, and the sounds of outer space.

credits

released December 1, 2017

All music written and produced by Sun Yunfan & Dave Liang
Vocals on "Alpha Go," "Supermega Cosmomall," "Expedition Voronya," & "Happy Earth Day" by Sun Yunfan
Vocals on "Tropical Spice Garden," "High Culture Tour," "Last Bachelor Oecanthus" & "Telemicroscope" by Sun Yunfan and Dave Liang

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Shanghai Restoration Project Barcelona, Spain

Shanghai Restoration Project (SRP) is the Brooklyn based electronic duo of Dave Liang and Sun Yunfan. SRP’s genre-bending, border-traversing, retro-futuristic soundscape often uses poetic melodies to draw audiences into imaginary settings where unexpected adventures unfold with a dissonant and polyrhythmic palette. ... more

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