By Jocelle Koh
Multi-disciplinary Asian-Australian singer-songwriter Yeo returns for his first release of 2019, coming up with R&B infused track 'Restless'; written especially for all the (Asian) insomniacs out there.
Incorporating his unique sense of dark humour in his trademark lyrical style, the adept musician touches on the topic of racism in a way that doesn't point fingers, yet hits the nail square on the head.
Referring to a nuanced situation in racial politics; namely the ignorance of westerners and the regret of us as people of colour who fail to respond in a constructive way (or at all, because we're too shocked), no one pulls off a musical clapback better than Yeo.
The feeling of restlessness that one gets while tossing and turning in bed at night; a head too full of ideas that wedges you in that limbo of physical tiredness and mental agility is one that I am all too familiar with; and Yeo does brilliantly in infusing that unique palette of colours into this track.
Choosing to go with a groovy R&B vibe that starts off strong with grungy keys, soulful guitar licks and some trumpets for good measure, the song hits its stride early on and has us grooving on throughout the entirety of the track.
Starting his vocals off low, Yeo's unique vocals and lyrics have us hooked from the first sentence, filled with vivid imagery "I smell the blood of white feelings/deep in the crease of my hand".
The amazing songwriter continues the verse in this low register, gradually moving upwards, kind of like those whispers of thought that come and go as you first lay down to rest; inviting you to pull at those loose threads.
And pull at them this song does; with the melody and lyrics becoming increasingly frenetic and frequent; with gospel-like backing vocals egging your brain into overdrive before pushing into first gear in the full-on funky chorus.
I especially love the lyrics in the second chorus "I need to practice my words/I need to work a lot on my timing too" , as Yeo goes down the thought rabbithole, too far to avoid the clutches of insomnia; rehearsing the should-have, could-have, would-haves of his previous interactions of the day.
But my favourite part is probably the gospel-like bridge, where the singer endearingly sings "I promise I still believe In/A future I'll never see" and then transitions into improvisations; with backing vocals by the likes of musical greats Mojo Juju and Dru Chen adding to the vibrant frenzy of sound.
Ironically, this is probably not a song I would listen to at night, because it's just too much of a masterpiece. The song is not just about being restless, it can also very well make you restless; with all its relentless detailing, overactive funkiness and thought-provoking nature.
Well done Yeo, and I kind of hope his insomnia doesn't go away, because I am loving the moody vibes of all his latest works.
RESTLESS SINGLE LAUNCH
March 30 – OAF Gallery – Sydney with HVNCOQ + Rainbow Chan (DJ)
April 5 – Boney – Melbourne with HVNCOQ + Jade Zoe
Tickets via snackswithyeo.com
Photo from JJ Lin's Facebook
Article by Stella Soon
A final batch of additional tickets to JJ Lin 林俊傑’s Sanctuary World Tour in Sydney, Australia have been released, due to overwhelming demand!
Lin will be performing at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on 9 March and the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on 11 March.
Due to skyrocketing demand, extra tickets have been added, priced at $298 and $398. There are also several single seats in Category 3, going for $248.
Australian fans, this could be your last chance to snag tickets and hear Lin’s musical prowess in the flesh.
Dubbed by Taiwanese media as ‘The Walking CD’ (行走的 CD), the co-writers of Lin’s latest single, Resurgence 進階, were all praises for him as well.
“Apart from being an amazing singer and performer, [Lin] is also always pushing boundaries. That approach is something we greatly appreciate,” said The Swaggernautz.
Australia marks the last stop of Lin’s Sanctuary World Tour 1.0, which saw him perform to over 300,000 fans across Taiwan, China, and other parts of Asia.
Lin’s Sanctuary World Tour 2.0 will then kick off from 23 March in China.
JJ Lin Sanctuary World Tour - Australia
Date: 9 March 2019 (Saturday)
Venue: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Date: 11 March 2019 (Monday)
Venue: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Get your tickets from Ticketek here.
By : C.P Ching
Up and coming rap maven W.M.L 李杰明 collabs with labelmate Vicky Chen 陳忻玥
(SKR Presents) on a unique new track called “Fiery Love 炙愛 ”.
It is an "anti-Valentine" song that portrays a couple’s inability to walk away from thier relationship, despite knowing that they are not suitable for each other. They remain together for underlying reasons; perhaps out of habit or the fear of being alone. The couple feels trapped but does not have the courage to go their separate ways.
Overall “Fiery Love” is an intense yet unique track that captures the imagination of its’ listeners, by flawlessly blending two very different musical styles together.
W.M.L is a hip-hop artist known for his intense upbeat rap style, meanwhile Chen is more recognized for her soothing vocals in the fresh folk realm of Mandopop music. The deliberate pairing of these two conflicting images emphasizes on the story being showcased in the song.
For those unfamiliar, Vicky Chen is a new artist under Taiwan based record label; SKR Presents. She has gained some notoriety for her unique vocals with songs such as “Smokescreen” going viral.
“Fiery Love” is officially Chen ’s first featured song after signing on with SKR.
On the other hand, W. M. L is an up-and-coming rapper who started off in the underground scene and gained prominence as an internet rapper before signing on with SKR.
He is known for his intensely-fast rapping abilities and is regarded as a rap genius by many. Some may know him from his other works including tracks such as “No Turning back” or a feature in R.Chord’s 謝和弦 "I'm Not Your Prince Charming."
Links for the song can be found here: http://www.soundscape.net/a/2792
Artists social links:
李杰明 W.M.L IG: https://www.instagram.com/wmlhiphop/
SKRpresents IG: https://www.instagram.com/skrpresents/
陳忻玥 Vicky Chen IG: https://www.instagram.com/vickychenmu.