Pre-order of EVOCATIONS. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
Purchasable with gift card
releases August 6, 2021
£5GBP or more
Cassette + Digital Album
Professionally manufactured with light pink shell.
Limited to 20 copies.
Includes digital pre-order of EVOCATIONS.
You get 1 track now
(streaming via the free Bandcamp app
and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the
complete album the moment it’s released.
Emanating a vibrational resonance that shimmers with swirling trace elements of adjacent genres like noise, black metal and more, Guan Yin’s hypnotic conjurations are almost akin to a strange guided meditation, each one inducing its own unique trance state, taking your hand and walking you through inner realms of light, shadow and everything in between. – Black Metal Daily
Guan Yin is the Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva, or the Mahāyāna Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion, whose name roughly translates as The One Who Hears the Cries of the World. In her quest to relieve suffering, Guan Yin has the ability to assume whatever form necessary, including displaying attributes from either sex.
Guan Yin is a ritual ambient project from the same duo responsible for the gothic blackgaze of Exsanguinated Shade: multi-instrumentalist Cicatrix (they/them, also of Nodus Tollens and Chernozem) and vocalist Espi Kvlt (they/he, also of Nehushtan, Seas of Winter, Apricitas, and too many others to list). Unlike most ritual ambient, Guan Yin’s music finds its inspiration in Buddhist teachings. On their debut split with Sun Through Eyelids (released earlier this year by Acephale Winter Productions), Espi drew lyrics from the section on Repentance from the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch. For their debut full-length Evocations, they turned to The Lotus Sutras – one of the most significant and revered of all the Buddhist texts. Juxtaposed against Cicatrix’s noise-influenced ambient soundscapes, the end result is equally transcendent and harrowing.