Tia Ray – Don’t Speak MV

Pop soul artist Tia Ray’s best MV so far from her new album

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Tourism ad or Meng Jia’s new MV?

Meng Jia’s MV for “Free” is so beautiful it looks like a giant tourism ad for Dunhuang/Jiayuguan.

 

Assassins has the first decent boyband debut in forever

Ever since Seven Sense, I’ve been waiting for a good zhongguofeng boyband, and the debut of Assassins / Men With Swords 刺客团  delivered.  The MV-song combo is easily one of my favorites from a Chinese idol group in a long time. The  zhongguofeng elements work well within the music arrangement and MV without seeming dated, something even Seven Sense couldn’t do this well. 

Delicious 舌尖美味 is written by the members  Li Wen, Wang Yaochen, Ruan Zeyi, Fang Yifei (names in order of solo parts in the song).

Music Monday: Cutest of Xianzi


What Did I See In You 看走眼 is the last of Xianzi’ adorable MV’s, a surprisingly chirpy song scolding her playboy boyfriend (who irl is her husband’s former roommate).

Here’s a throwback to singer Xianzi, known for her distinct vocals and cute songs back at the peak of Taiwanese mandopop.   The Guangxi native has since then moved back to the mainland and got married to ex-Top Combine member Li Mao . Unfortunately she now seems to mostly be singing boring Tan Xuan OST’s. 

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Zhongguofeng girlband Seven Sense is back

Known for their zhongguofeng dances, girlband Seven Sense is probably mainland’s most popular girlband in the past decade.

Girlband Seven Sense 七朵组合  is back with new single Green Snake 青蛇, a homoerotic reinterpretation of the Legend of the White Snake, whose romance began with borrowing an umbrella.  Although it’s been three years and they’re two member down, their new release is still a  signature Zhongguofeng pop song and dance with a practice room MV that’s more promising than their actual MV. At least it’s an improvement on their previous MV’s. 

What do you think? Will they stay this time?    

 

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Yaoband’s album teaser is all I’ve ever wanted

Publishing this before the actual album is out because I’m scared the album won’t live up to the teasers.

pipa X hard dance ✓
kunqu opera X future bass ✓
Triple pun  and triple entendre ✓
my favorite ancient Chinese novel  ✓

Every detail of 耀乐团 Yaoband’s  new album teasers is tuned to perfection.   Reflections in a Garden 镜花园  is an upcoming concept album inspired by Flowers in the Mirror 镜花缘, a nineteenth century fantasy novel known for its explorations of various dystopias.

The first teaser opens in a garden.  The music opens with future bass, then goes to guzheng  as the teaser reads “Disturb the waves by washing one’s clothes in the milky way, clean oneself of star dust.”  The metaphor uses several wordplays. Disturb (波动) can also refer to the plucking of a zither instrument such as the guzheng, clothes can also mean baggage, the characters for the milky way literally mean silver river, and dust is often used to indicate mortality in Chinese.

 The song then samples  a line from The Peony Pavilion segment  A Walk in the Garden, “Without visiting the garden, how could I have known such beauty ? 不到园林,怎知春色如许. ”  The opera’s protagonist then falls asleep in the garden and meets and falls in love with her otp in a dream.   The teaser reads “Searching for a dream of the past  to meet oneself in parallel universes.” 

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