Debuting a completely new project without much hoo-ha, new Jazz fusion duo Indigo Soul Children are one of the most underrated yet promising new artists to come out of the Mandarin music scene. Yet the pair are far from newcomers to the music industry. Made up of veteran Jazz pianist and band leader Musaubach (Worked with Gary Chaw, A-Lin, Matzka, Lara Veronin); and vocal teacher/backing vocalist to the stars P.i.N (Worked with Kris Wu, Ayal Komod, Wilber Pan); the pair are truly raising the bar and challenging themselves with this new project.
Based around an almost-immiscible fusion of Jazz, R&B, Soul and World elements, Indigo Soul Children’s self-titled debut album reaches across cultural borders from never-before-seen perspectives. This is largely attributed to the duo’s wealth of perspectives accumulated from collective time spent in Argentina, Taiwan, China, and America, making for a truly unique set of sounds.
Kicking off the album with opening track ‘Water’, this song sets the scene with a soulful slow-burn that emanates from a pared down drums-and-keys arrangement. The fluid, ever-changing nature of the melody and lyrics on this track also reinforces new definitions of fusion as set by the band themselves; encouraging listeners to stay open-minded as they take in this sonic experience. Inspired by the famous ‘Water’ quote by Bruce Lee, the melody shapes itself around his words in ways that I have never before experienced. Not only is it unconventional to work direct quotations into song lyrics; I found it surprising that such an angular, lengthy quote with some very un-lyrical words (bottle, teapot) could be so skilfully fit to a melody; both working in sync whilst always evolving. Everything about this song from its songwriting to P.i.N’s rough-yet-gentle vocals and the song’s arrangement fully embodies the spirit of Water and Bruce Lee’s philosophy. And that in itself is no mean feat.
The second track/first single ‘Next Lifetime’ follows the architecture of a slow soul/R&B track but a myriad of musical twists. Starting off jazzy and slow, the electro-like keys hint at the vibrancy of the song which reveals itself in the chorus. Backed by a juicy rhythm that keeps on giving, P.i.N’s buoyant, flippant vocals keep things light while bringing new perspectives to the age-old topic of departure and moving on. Reflecting the clout these two have in the industry is second single/third track ‘Getting Old 剛剛好’ which features lyrics by Taiwanese veteran rock legend Ayal Komod (A-yue). One of the most ballad-like tracks on the album, this is the perfect track to listen to while sitting by a fireplace, whiskey in hand, thinking about life. The coalescence of strong, silent, brooding manly vibes in the lyrics with P.i.N’s luscious womanly vocals makes for a refreshing combination.