Amongst the upper echelons of artists currently plying their craft, Xinwenyue Shi is a compelling writer who is challenging convention and flaunting his sonic vision. Spending his time between Boston, MA and Chengdu, China, there is distinct individuality to his sound, impressive in its artistic nuance and technical competency. First emerging in ’20, we have since been blessed with an array of singles and a full length body of work, and we’ve now been given a more considerate and in depth look at the artist and persona of Shi on his new LP, Bashu Renaissance Chapter 2.
At times minimal, at times cinematic and brash, the project twists and turns, journeying through the mind of a skilled craftsman and creative mind. Thematically, the album dives deep into the culture and heritage of Shi, spotlighting his background, as well as delving through the experience of others, questioning the dying heritage of his hometown and his own internal and external struggles in thoughtful manner. Combining alternative, rap and electronic sensibilities, and provoking in its approach to genre, sound and rhythm, it’s a musically impressive and concise body of work that looks set to stand the test of time.
Speaking on the album, Shi remarks, “Love is the main impetus behind this album. I love this city—Bashu culture baptised me. Time spent in the United States didn’t turn me into an American—Bashu will always be my roots. This album is part of my lifelong vocation in passing along my heritage to the next generation.”
Listen to the album below…