NOMINATED FOR THE GOLD MELODY AWARDS
Some of the most exciting Chinese music is currently being produced by bands and proof of this is in the list of nominees for the Best Musical Group category at the Golden Melody Awards.
The contenders are: Trash for Never Die; Accusative for somewhere in time, I love you; Iruka Porisu for Call Me When Night Go Blue; EggPlantEgg for We Are Gonnna Get Married; Wayne is so sad for the art of embarrassment; Fire EX. for Stand Up Like A Taiwanese; and ZenKwun for Existing as God. Results will be announced on October 3.
EXISTING AS GOD
Contemporary mainstream music is predominantly secular, but a strong sense of religiosity permeates Taiwanese group ZenKwun’s second album, mostly in Mandarin.
The songs invoke deities and are inspired by an intoxicating mix of linguistic and musical elements from Hakka culture, Tibet, Mongolia and beyond, including the use of traditional instruments such as the piercing suona. . The results sizzle with energy and musicality.
Boundless Sea Of Bitterness weaves into Tibetan musical instruments and the repetition of the Buddhist precept, “The sea of bitterness has no limits, turn your head to see the shore”.
The powerful track Gods Are Watching laments the evil that men do. The tone is also not very worshipful when it comes to deities: “The gods are watching, but they are myopic / Members frozen and weak, it is time to retire.”
The pride of the title song is both creepy and sobering: “I exist like a god / You chase like a pig from behind / I exist like a god / I’ll see what you can do . “
An exhilarating and deeply moral record.
CALL ME WHEN THE NIGHT TURNS BLUE
With their colorful outfits, Taiwanese band Iruka Porisu looks like they’ve stepped out of an anime. But even though they appear as cosplayers – their name means Dolphin Police in Japanese – there’s no denying that they’re fully engaged in the exercise.
The anime’s influence spans from the cover art to songs from their imaginative debut album Mandarin, which carry wacky titles like Chaos Of Donuts and Chocolate Adventure.
There is fantasy and playfulness here. The title track opens with various sound effects, setting the scene for a futuristic intergalactic space adventure.
Buckle up, hold on tight and enjoy the ride.
WE ARE GETTING MARRIED
Indie rock band EggPlantEgg won the Golden Melody Awards for Best Taiwanese Album and Best New Artist with their debut album Cartoon Character (2017).
They are back with Minnan and Mandarin’s record We Are Gonna Get Married, where they contemplate love and grow old.
There are sweet numbers like Happy !!! The drivers love the song and would you like to be my girlfriend (“Days are hard / How to get through them without you / Would you like to be my girlfriend”).
The mood darkens on Walk With Me If You’re One Of The Lonely Ones and the stark Make Money With Love.
Love is, after all, a complicated business.
GIGI LEUNG ONLINE CONCERT
Hong Kong singer Gigi Leung held an online concert on August 29 to raise funds for construction workers affected by the pandemic. Dressed in a simple but chic outfit consisting of a sleeveless white top and flowing brown pants, she sang a calming selection of her Cantonese and Mandarin hits, from the first favorite Coward to the more recent Silent Night.
The video has accumulated more than 660,000 views.