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Chinese sound artist Li Yilei explores horology on first full length for Métron Records

Following two album releases in 2020, Chinese sound artist Li Yilei lines up their first full length on ambient imprint Métron Records.

Written during a two-week stint in a quarantine hotel, whilst travelling from London back to Shanghai, ‘OF‘ is a reflection in horology (the study of time), using metaphorical sound transcriptions and atmospheric extractions to focus on the temporal relationship between experience and surroundings.

“Composed using analogue synthesisers, vocal samples, field recordings and string instruments such as the violin and guqin, Li indulges in moments of grief, panic, healing, cessation, melancholy, vastness, hope, joy and emptiness as they explore the acoustic relations between humans and the many forces of nature.”

To coincide with the album release on 16th August, Li has made a limited number of handmade xun (a traditional Chinese vessel flute used as far back as 7000 years ago) – available for purchase via Bandcamp.


1. TAN / 潭
2. CHU / 處
3. HUO / 惑
4. WEI / 未
5. HAI / 海
6. NEI / 内
7. MUU / 木
8. SAN / 散
9. XUN / 旬
10. YAN / 言
11. YUN / 暈
12. KOU / 口