Trivial tags aside, Spencer Krug is just a guy bursting with so many ideas that he needs an absurd number of avenues to present them all, and Sunset Rubdown has always been the most direct route to Krug's heart and mind. They form the starting point for everything from our connections with our favorite bands, to more general and widespread movements within music. Sa Dingding - Lucky Day 10. Those who like their beat-driven evening records peppered with gorgeous, resonant verse fragments shouldn't pass this one up. But more importantly and more lastingly meaningful, debuts are for most of us a way into a relationship with an artist, and nowhere is this more pertinent than in the emotion-rousing world of music. Sa Dingding - Alive Chinese Version 12. It is inspired by the natural world, a world we all share, yet one that is infused with the essence of the native cultures of her own country — a simple yet powerful message for the world.
Amongst a host of albums selling summer love this year, jj's full-length debut was the very best at emulating a tropical breeze, rolling lazily across the landscape and cleansing the body. And yet there's more: a Tom Waits-esque saloon ballad, an autumnal, slow burning post-rock number, an attention to texture and detail previously unseen. There's nothing as interior as Vespertine or as beat-driven as Post, or as willing to risk repelling its audience as Medulla. In some cases, Chinese pop sounds a lot like American pop except for the fact that it is performed in Chinese; if and sang in Chinese, they would be perfect for the more bubblegum, Radio Disney-ish side of the Chinese pop scene. Multifaceted, multi-instrumental and multilingual, the album once or twice loses itself in its own smoke, but that's hardly surprising when it burns brightly on so many fronts. But is nothing like that. This memorable outing makes it clear that the expressive is both a risk-taker and an artist of depth.
The best debuts are exciting not only for what they promise, but for what they deliver, too. As a small child she sang and learned to play various musical instruments, including the zheng, an instrument similar to the zither, and a traditional violin known as the horse-head fiddle, as well as Chinese percussion instruments. I must remember to thank them when they finally reach my shores. It seems that if any musician is going to wean our ears away from African and Latin music onto the Chinese stuff, then it's going to be one like this, someone who makes music that is not Chinese opera, not mainstream pop, but a mixture of roots and modernity. I must remember to thank them when they finally reach my shores.
The beauty on the record may only be possible as the product of a young couple in love. It's all here: the crushing riffs, the thunderous blast beats, the guitar acrobatics, the breakneck tempos, Jacob Bannon's impassioned, hoarse barks. Japandroids don't sound like they want to worry about anything, and frankly, why should they? The album also contains three remixes of the title track, one by. Turned out it was a pertinently titled release, too, because it is Welch's own pulmonary clout, out of which she coaxed a willowed tone of quite exceptional range, that drives home the kind of impassioned choruses that Lily Allen's dreams are made of. Every chunk of gristle they hurl into this meaty debut disc is unmistakably and venomously authentic.
The intimate interplay between dual vocalists and lifelong friends Romy Croft and Oliver Sim was enough for some to suggest a sexual relationship kept furtively under wraps, but the album doesn't need a juicy back-story: intriguing enough is its skeletal architecture of its gorgeous, reverb-glossed guitars, breathy vocals and swaggeringly collected rhythm section. Multifaceted, multi-instrumental and multilingual, the album once or twice loses itself in its own smoke, but that's hardly surprising when it burns brightly on so many fronts. It's totally artless, and not for the sake of being arty, but for the abandonment and the sheer hell of it all. Of course, modern Chinese pop is far from one-dimensional; some of it is very bubblegum, and some of it is a lot meatier and much more substantial. The song titles hint at finality, but the record's craft signals another new beginning.
The Dead Weather's music is new and forward-looking, but steeped in the finest traditions of rock. But the point is this: the retrospective significance of debut albums makes them, in the present, things of wondrous interest and potentiality. Is this Africa reaching out to western music or is the west reaching out to African music? This sort of combining yin and yang makes a very interesting music sound. Spin them again and everything just seems to slide so easily into place. In this sense, debut albums only realize their true role retroactively. The result is magical and mystical, simple yet complex…modern beats fused with ancient ethnic music. Thirteen songs, and not one of them ends up where it starts -- nothing ends up where it was ten seconds earlier, for that matter -- or anywhere near where you might feasibly have guessed it was going.
On October 6, her official English website was updated with information about a European tour, going from November 7 to 17, making stops in Germany, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Las Palmas, Australia and New Zealand. Sa made her debut recording at the age of 18, attracting considerable attention in China and neighbouring countries. Alive is exploratory yet ultimately gentle. Is this Africa reaching out to western music or is the west reaching out to African music? Lo-fi is all about appearances. Someone with a popular touch, too, which Sa Dingding definitely has. But the point is this: the retrospective significance of debut albums makes them, in the present, things of wondrous interest and potentiality. After signing with Universal Music, her work became much more widely available and correspondingly appreciated.
Mouquet and Dingding have collaborated on a forthcoming album Deep China. It revels in a similar sort of twinkly-eyed and mystic adventurism as Natasha Khan and Joanna Newsom, through grounded in a anthemic popularism. In 2008 she won the World Music Award for the Asia-Pacific region, earning herself the chance to perform at the Royal Albert Hall to a Western audience. From a generic starting point of black metal, Elverum combines the despair and spiritual isolation of that musical realm with his own rustic aesthetic. It was hardly through any fault of her own, but the publicity and expectation kindled by this pallid 22-year-old and her collaborative machine seemed to set her up for an early fall critically, anyway -- it would have sold in shedloads regardless. Sa Dingding - Xi Carnival 8.