By Matt Taylor
Golden Melody Award-winning duo MURMURSHOW 慢慢說, whose music has previously been described as being akin to a nourishing bowl of warm soup, have built themselves a reputation for being able to make listeners feel as if they’ve stepped into a surreal and magical musical world. Freda Li 利得彙 and Jack Shen 沈志方 are finally back three years after their last release with their third album 1+1<3. However after listening, will people be feeling <3, or more </3?
1+1< 3 as a concept takes a look at contemporary society not only in terms of love and relationships, but how these can be framed in societal dependence on new technology and using symbols to express feelings and emotions. Taking the title as an example, 1+1 is a mathematical equation equalling two, implying a connection between two people, objects or concepts combining to become something greater. Following this with <3, often used to symbolise a heart, implying that this connection is formed and bonded by love. However, is love really that simple? Can this equation really embody the nuances of life, or can a symbol truly convey a thousand words? In order to explore this, each song is also given a title comprised entirely of symbols which attempt to convey the respective songs' lyrical content.