Fans and music appreciators alike have been devastated to hear that bassist Xu Zhe-Yu of Tizzy Bac, a mainstay indie band within the Taiwanese music scene passed away on the 23rd of January after a battle with cancer.
The news was broken on Tizzy Bac's official Facebook page with the following statement:
'This afternoon, on such a cheerful and free day, Zhe-Yu peacefully began his journey to heaven surrounded by family and friends. We hope that everyone remembers how he shone on stage; his passion for music, and continues to send blessings and prayers to his family. If there are times when you miss him, please play any great music in the world, and you can meet with Zhe-Yu again.
"That beautiful battle has already been fought, you've run the road till its end, the beauty you should have treasured has already been treasured'; in music's heaven, Zhe-Yu will stay forever young.'
The news of Xu's passing came suddenly, as it was only a month ago that he shared his cancer diagnosis, however optimistically assured fans that he would meet them soon with new music.
Right after winning 'Best Female Mandopop Singer' at the 2016 Golden Melody Awards for her album 'Darling大齡女子', Julia Peng and her team began discussing the conception of this album 'When I Look Back我想念我自己' as the second part in their 'About Women and Love' series of works.
In July that year, after hearing stories from friends; some who had been married for years and others who had just gotten married, Julia and the team began thinking about themes such as marriage, our stable relationship, as well as themes of communication and self.
Throughout their discussions, they found that no matter what stage of life these friends were at, they would nevertheless say 'When I look back at myself during that period, how I miss it...' and thus, the theme of this album was conceived.
Along with this well thought-out concept, Peng also worked closely with producer George Chen陳建騏 to create a unique storytelling-singing style which is more real and intimate, and full of personality.
Standout tracks on this album include 'When I Look Back我想念我自己', an emotional and beautifully crafted track that brings back memories and tears for many who have heard it, as well as 'None Of Your Business關你屁事', a Jazz-Hip Hop fusion track which features a rap by talented new-gen rapper Poetek. The album will also feature 'Are We All Happy', a heartfelt and warm duet between Julia and fellow mother Christine Fan, who are perfect for this duet given their understanding of the price of happiness and starting a family.
Given the meticulously handcrafted quality of Peng's previous works, her latest masterpiece is a must-listen for those who relate to her storytelling style.
Julia Peng's latest album 'When I Look Back' is now available online on all major platforms, including Spotify, iTunes, KKBOX, Omusic and MyMusic.
Rain is protection, hiding within it and crying your feelings out
Rain is soothing, let the wind and rain wash away your mistakes
Rain is redemption, anticipating the sun to cause the pain to evaporate
Dubbed the new-gen Prince of Ballads, soulful crooner Eric Chou is back with his third album 'The Chaos After You如果雨之後'.
Working with an all-star team including Swedish producer Freddy Haggstam as well as famed lyricists Wu Yi Wei, Xu Shi Zhen and Rao Xue Man, this time Chou has tried his hand at writing not only the melodies and lyrics, but also at producing and arranging this album.
During the process before and during the conception of this album, Eric has thought deeply about how he can continue to diversify his musical style and present some new breakthroughs in his compositions and performances, so as to meet audiences' expectations.
Finally, with his first single 'Without Her', we can see how Eric has moved towards bringing new styles of EDM into the Taiwanese music scene, and how this has shaped the theme behind his latest album. Of his philosophy, he says: "If it just feels okay, sounds good, to me this is still not enough".
For Chou, classic love songs that excite and stimulate is not his goal; instead, he hopes to discover how to push past inner defenses, touching your heart.
The psychologist Herbart divides consciousness into the superficial and latent stages, proposing that both come together to create a full consciousness. If Eric Chou's ballads are the grey sorrow and grief, his new single 'Without Her' is the deep grey of self-reflection and expression.
Thus, we can see with this new single and album, that a new attitude towards Chou's music has emerged.
The album also includes tantalising new singles such as sweet track 'The Way You Make Me Feel黏黏', in which Eric duets with popular Taiwanese actress Ann Hsu, 'Unbreakable Love永不失聯的愛' and 'After The Chaos如果雨之後' which show a different side to Eric than previously presented in his last two albums.
Eric Chou's album 'The Chaos After You如果雨之後' is now out on all major streaming platforms, including KKBOX, Spotify, MyMusic, Omusic, and iTunes.