Feature: Meng Wang & Tim Shiel – Nervous Energy

Built from a shared instant connection and intuitive creative process, Chinese/Australian avant-garde composer Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 and Melbourne-based contemporary Tim Shielunveiled their debut collaborative EP, Nervous Energy 一触即发, out via not-for-profit label, Music In Exile.

Arriving in 2021 as one of the nation’s most innovative duos, their Nervous Energy 一触即发 EPdefines it’s own lane within the Australian music sphere, creating both a juxtaposition between traditional and modern musical genres, all underpinned by the artists’ like-minded passion and curiosity for diverse sounds.

Over the course of 2020, Mindy and Tim worked on developing new material in spite of ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions. First recorded by Mindy on her 21-string traditional guzheng and then shared with Tim via the internet to be reworked, the result is something neither had imagined possible. What developed was a collection of tracks that oscillate from breakbeat to minimal house influences and laid-back dub and pop sounds, underpinned throughout by an acoustic instrument almost two metres long and thousands of years old.

Having already caught the attention of the nation, Nervous Energy一触即发 enters the world today as a reflective, intuitive and masterfully unique body of work. Finding common ground through music’s most abstract yet powerful connecting force, Tim Shiel and Mindy Meng Wang unite over their shared passion and creative exploration to deliver four exceptionally innovative singles that will set the bar for future creative partnerships.

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