As deeply entrenched in their somber musical language as they remain affectionate towards mellifluous melodies, pentatonic never fails to find artistic embodiment of the acoustic elements where they derive aesthetic delight from in instrumental. From the fresh, eye-opening encounter of their debut EP to the step forward in creative maturity as seen in the subsequent long-playing records, pentatonic travelled between compositional tribute and novelty, fiddling with the interplay of thoughts and emotion. The results can be perceived as quiet attempts to break through a seemingly conventional approach, a message conveyed likewise through the band’s name: the pentatonic scale from traditional Chinese music, yet written in English. By contrast, the terms “post-rock” and “slowcore” merely serve as guidance for beginners in approaching their music.
This is because pentatonic has created the necessary sonic space for imagination to flourish.
After a few changes in the band lineup, pentatonic has settled into a quintet, with double guitars, keyboard, bass, and drums. In 2012 their fist LP entered into recording, with Wang Zhixing acting as the producer and the Canada-based studio Grey Market Mastering in collaboration to produce the master tape. Released on 1 October 2013, the album was entitled “Sydrome” and has proven to be a condensation of eight brilliant tracks from different stages of the band, hence possessing various compositional characteristics as a result of time: from typical post-rock pieces to slowcore songs with grim, graceful vocals to longer musical works adopting a lively array of instruments. Shortly after the release, pentatonic embarked on their first national tour.
The following four years only witnessed pentatonic’s release of one single and a digital EP containing the unplugged versions of three songs. The band members spent most of their time on their work and daily lives while they waited for the return of the drummer, who had went for his studies in the UK. Nevertheless, the fact that they do not work as professional musicians had fostered a sense of belonging or a feeling of home among the bandmates, and as slowly as their musical journey moves forward, they never consider stopping.
What follows next? In asking the question, perhaps we shall expect not only music from pentatonic.