Uyghur Psychedelic Rocker Jurat Releases New Album

Born in Karamay (Xinjiang), the psychedelic rocker Jurat moved to Beijing in 2002, joining the underground rock community to share his complex and profound music. Jurat formed the band Dark Lake and released independently several albums. Reflecting its members’ diverse backgrounds, the band’s sound is eclectic, mixing pounding, Zeppelin-style 1970s riffs with Central Asian rhythms and melodies. The result is a unique musical tapestry – there is nothing like it on either side of the Tianshan mountains.

Jurat previous albums can be streamed and bought on the band’s website:

Jurat performing “Sans Famille” with his band in Beijing at Temple in December 2011:

Jurat latest album is entitled Mr. Tree’s Story II. A complex album, mixing psychedelic rock, avantgarde rock and space-music. The album follows the first Mr. Tree’s Story, released last year, which tells the fairy-tale story of Mr. Dark, who recalls his childhood and long for his hometown.

Unfortunately, it seems like the only place you can pick up the album (or hear it) is on Weixin:

His older stuff can be heard on another Chinese website: is an underground Asian music news website created for the sole purpose of supporting our own world. We support all bands and genres HOWEVER we do not support nor have any sympathy for homophobic, racist, sexist rhetoric in lyrical content or band material. UNITE ASIA!