As of 2015, Leehom is finally back with his newest and latest album <Your Love>, once again taking things in a whole new direction with EDM influences being added to his already bursting arsenal of genres that he's proficient in. Once again, he effectively fuses them and creates an entire album with the theme of Love as his leading lady. Yes, yes how many songs about Love can we take, I hear you saying. But with Leehom, nothing is ever that simple as you can see from the press release as below...
official press release translation
四年醞釀 累積愛的音樂能量 Four years in the making, accumulating the musical strength of love
全新 全創作 個人專輯「你的愛。」 Completely new Completely self-created Leehom's solo album <Your Love>.
王力宏2015最新力作 Wang Leehom's newest work in 2015
回歸愛的原點 Going back to the basics of love
成全愛的失去 Encompassing the losses of love
找回愛的勇氣 Finding back the courage to love
Leehom's newest album <Your Love> which took four years to create an album with the theme of love, using every period of the journey like chapters in a book, vividly recalled and displayed like a screenplay.
王力宏《你的愛。》專輯同名主打 Wang Leehom <Your Love> album with the single of the same name is the most moving chapter, a sublimation of love: faith & belief
『正向的力量』 A positive strength
充滿正能量的[你的愛]，歌意欲傳達的，是對愛的相信與執著，不因挫折而退縮，並且擴大愛的層面，可以是對親人的愛，對伴侶的愛，更可以是對信仰的崇敬之愛，這也讓這首歌曲美麗的表達出愛的神聖感受。 The optimistic song <Your Love> spreads the message of believing and persisting in love, not backing down because of obstacles, but instead zooming in on love's layers. It can be a song for family, for lovers, but even more so can be a song of respect and adoration for love, this also allows this song to beautifully sketch out love's spirituality.
Leehom uses music to arrange one song after another which are equally moving chapters, completely displaying the transformation of love, summarising ones' meeting with love in the single 'Your Love'. Here you can see that this is a great turning point, and an important song that uses Love's transformation, becoming the title of the album as well.
『愛的求好心切』Love is eager to make amends
由力宏親自填詞譜曲，編曲混音，鋼琴彈奏一手包辦的[你的愛]，為營造如是的大愛感受，當初在編曲時，嘗試了十幾種版本，例如吉他版，絃樂版，live band版，不同旋律和歌詞版一切只為完美，在求好心切當中，完成了這個出色逸品之作。 最後找到了最純真的呈現方式： 絕配的古典鋼琴和弦樂。
With Leehom writing the lyrics and melody himself, as well as arranging, mixing and playing the piano by himself in <Your Love>, it creates a feeling of big love. At the start of arranging it, Leehom tried over ten different styles, including a guitar version, strings version, live band version, with different melodies and lyrics just so everything could be perfect. In being eager to make amends, he finished this impeccable work. At the end he found the most pure and simple way to represent the song, pairing it with classical violin and piano.
『擴大愛的議題』Focusing on the questions of love
當情緒不再拘泥於個人的小情小愛，王力宏希望這首歌能呈現與傳達的感情是更多元的，因而在混音的時候，他特別加入猶如教堂中吟唱的環境聲，讓愛情更添神聖與純潔感，讓對愛的領悟，進階到另一個更高的層次。When emotions are no longer a mush of a person's heady passion, Leehom hopes that this song can present and spread the idea of feelings being complex, and because of this during arrangement, he especially added the atmosphere of a church into the background, allowing love to be even more filled with God and purity, allowing the realisation of love to transcend into an even higher level.
聽見 愛的頻率 Listening to the frequency of love
遇見 愛的機率 The probability of chancing upon love
王力宏 你的愛。Wang Leehom Your Love.
十三首夢寐以求的音樂相遇 Thirteen songs made from dreams; a meeting of music
七十億真心歌詠愛的主題曲 7 billion theme songs for love
2015全新王力宏 2015 a whole new Wang Leehom
就是現在 The time is now
Leehom's album was released on the 23rd of January, 2015 and can be found on the iTunes store, Books.tw or in stores throughout Asia.
I'm excited to announce that Lara's preparing to release her third solo album sometime soon, and has already released the first single for this album, called <Dida>. The song is a collaboration between herself and fellow Nan Quan Mama band member Chase Chang. Lara herself has expressed that this is a song that she's really happy with, because instead of only expressing sadness as most love songs do, this one incorporates a feeling of subtle optimism both in the lyrics and in the melody. I fell in love with the song on first listen; being a big fan of Lara's work, and also of the British rock genre, this song was a perfect fusion of a Chinese ballad with noticeable and unique Brit-rock influences. Singer Rachel Liang once said that the job of a singer to her was being given a blank melody and lyrics, and to inject colour into them, as a painter and artist. However, many artists fall short in this respect but I'm especially impressed with how this song immediately associates itself deeply with the colour blue in my mind (which I think you can also see in the MV below). Blue, the colour of deep love but also sadness is the perfect colour to go with the song, and it just proves how well all the elements of the song work together to create a most enticing and pleasurable listen.
The music video itself was directed by Lara's sister Esther Veronin who she started up Meimeiwawa Multimedia with, and although I can't say I'm much of a connossieur of movies or visual arts, I still think she did a beautiful job in putting together a video which completely represented the song; giving listeners a back story to piece their thoughts together on while doing it in an eloquent, sophisticated and visually beautiful manner!
Last words from Lara to sum up the music video:
"Previously I didn't know the meaning of trust, and didn't know how to face this kind of environment; time ticked and tocked away, and what I did not know before slowly became clear to me. The sense of security also began to appear to me and I then realised that letting go was the right thing to do."
Well, there you have it! don't forget to watch Lara's music video, definitely one of the most beautiful videos I've seen as of late, and watch this space for more updates on her new album!