New Music: Kishore Minifie Ryan “I Struggle”

With a mix of harmonium, vocals and drumkit, Kishore Minifie Ryan’s debut record is one minimal in sounds, but dense in ideas. Over a low, droning harmonium chord, I Struggle features Kishore singing stories of struggle gathered through his time in Taipei, translating selected dialogue into melodies conceptually arranged by dividing letters of the alphabet into a seven note scale. I Haven’t Died Before as a whole is not only an incredibly inventive and groundbreaking release, but one that bridges the gap between being experimental and accessible.

I Haven’t Died Before is out now through Little Lake Records/Obei Gong. If you’re in Melbourne, you can check out the launch/film screening in Thornbury next Sunday.

New MusicLee Hannah