By Jocelle Koh
Indie chanteuse Ann Bai is best known for her enchanting representations of the human condition; our insignificance, and of course the meaning of life. In her first hit single back in 2013 ‘What Led Me To You 是什麼讓我遇見這樣的你’, she wrote of being inspired by her time in Beijing, of feeling so small and miniscule in the big picture; while encapsulating the beauty of that.
Thus it seemed only fitting that my first night in Shanghai was spent watching the elfin wonder perform for the first time at the legendary MAO Livehouse. Taking to the stage in a ethereal black chiffon dress, she launched straight into a mini medley of songs both old and new, including redone versions of old favourites ‘Not Listening不聽’ and ‘What’s Next’接下來是什麼’; rendering the delicate electronica folk more robust and earthy.
Having never seen her perform live before, the 27 year-old singer-songwriter was much different from what I’d expected. Despite her hipster Cheer Chen/Anpu vibe, the creative was effortlessly warm and chatty, telling stories about everything from the number of cats she owned (five) to gently ribbing audiences over their purported love of Mayday.