"A kaleidoscope of references and musical textures, tribal, rumbling drums, dub step, ritualistic folk, chanting, modern jazz, horns bleating as delicate layers of found sound, hiss, percussion spark, her voice guide and foundation, whispers, reshaped vocal ruminations, the amalgmation dizzying in scope, true editing sorcery, sabiwa is fearless in her inclusion of influences and ability to weave them in to entirely new forms, reincarnation is an apt title, eagerly anticipating her next excursion."
‘輪迴’ (English: reincarnation) is the second album from Taiwanese sound and performance artist Sabiwa. Over 12 tracks she interprets reincarnation through bass heavy rhythms, dissected sound art and intense vocal gymnastics. The starting point of Sabiwa’s compositions is her voice - vocal performances abstracted into building blocks for her music. Jia sees her move from mournful ritual to a delay-soaked chorus as the track lurches into ultra-minimal dubstep. On I introduce myself, she takes the role of robotic narrator, while Wo de shijan has her chanting over field recorded tumult. Sabiwa creates multi-textured patterns through electronics, sampling and field recordings, shattering the barriers between synthetic and natural sound. Caronte jumps from high energy percussive workout into a bed of whispering voices. Taranta’s glitched samples meanwhile, seem to be in a constant process of decay and rebirth. “‘輪’ means turn,” Sabiwa explains. “‘迴’ means return to, so “‘輪迴’ means reincarnation”. “Those are the words of the singing I recorded in Taiwan and I use in the tape, it’s a funeral ceremony. It’s basically about the circle of life. With this album I left my previous form to transform in to something new. It’s like jumping into the void and not knowing what will be next. (from Bandcamp description).