In encapsulating the theme of her latest album <Missing Person, Lala says: “ Actually what we are afraid of is not ‘loss’, but instead ‘emptiness’, so for the rest of our lives, we continue to search.” Perhaps on the surface, what we are afraid of is indeed loss, but loss comes and goes; what stays and remains with us, and continually drives us is the filling of empty spaces in our minds, in our hearts, and in our souls. Lala’s album explores the vicinities of space and time, a careful selection of pieces which mimic our reality, helping each of us to discover what is really means to search and to find in ones’ eternal search; be it in love or life.
The first song in Lala’s album <寻人启事>(Missing Person) is where the entire concept of the album began; Lala was so enchanted by Hush’s melody that she decided she must have for herself. And indeed, she does a wonderful job in it. The melody simple and elegant, all the pieces come together so perfectly in this piece; with Lala’s vocals finely tailored to perfectly express the song’s meaning and a tasteful piano and violin arrangement, its pure melody paralyses all senses in its siren song, urging you to stop and listen to the message that it brings. My favourite line in this song is when Lala sings “我多想找到你 轻碰你的脸 我会张开我双手 抚摸你的背”(Trans: How I wish I could find you and lightly touch your face I will open my arms wide and stroke your back). I feel that these few lines really do capture the essence of Hush’s melody, and also reflect entirely the concept of this album. In this part of the melody it’s as if Lala herself is reaching out her hands to her listeners in this act of comfort, warmth, to sooth, even for a few moments the emptiness and longing that we all feel. For what this song is, is almost a musical representation of longing. I don’t know how they did it, but the best kind of music to me is the kind that reflects real human emotion, that replicates the feelings that you feel on a daily basis, putting it out right in front of you for you to see it as it is. Because that’s how music unites us, and helps us to grow. Like a mirror, it allows us to take ourselves out of the equation and to see ourselves for what we are; in some way or another, a sliver of ourselves. This song continues to amaze me more and more with every listen-no tricks or jazz hands here, in this song simplicity is key and lala and her team have hit the nail squarely on the head. Hands down my favourite song of this year.