Why I Love the Erhu (a Short History of the Instrument)

Illustrated man playing Erhu, starry backdrop

The erhu, often hailed the “Chinese violin”, is a two-stringed musical instrument originating from China. The “er” in erhu means two in Mandarin. It’s made from a soundbox—which can be hexagonal, octagonal, or circular in shape—connected to a long neck by two silk strings. These days, the strings are usually made of steel. The erhu’s … Read more

All I Understand Is That I Don’t Understand – Toe

Picture of Toe's album cover

The highlight from a great album, ‘The Book About My Idle Plot On A Vague Anxiety’ from Japanese band Toe. A song that achieves the quality of being introspective, without having any words. Super expressive guitars and drums weave over each other in a way that’s difficult to forget. It’s the type of song that … Read more