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.
A year after the release of his debut album 'Learn to Love", talented balladeer and singer-songwriter Eric Chou is back with his second album titled "What Love Has Taught Us".
After learning to love, he's back to teach us what love has taught him. Makes sense, don't it?
Hot off the presses, his single "How Are You" has become a cult success this summer, having already been covered hundreds of times since its release and attaining over 4 million YouTube hits since.
From what I've heard, Chou has certainly upped his game since the last album. His melodies flow a little more than they did before, and incorporate more sophisticated elements this time around.
As for his vocals, well...heart-meltingly warm and emotive as usual.
However, fans can expect more breakthrough efforts from Chou in this album, as he delves into the EDM genre and works with the likes of EDM/Hip Hop producer Starr Chen on single "Let it go".
Overall, given Chou's track record for some really solid, melodic tracks, I'm super excited to hear the rest of his album!
Listen to Chou's single "How Have You Been"
Eve Ai has always been a musician and artist I have admired greatly. Although I admit I'm not too well-versed in her music, her unique, throaty vocals and brash at times, yet sweet at others songwriting style has always been a point of interest for me.
So this time, with the release of her third album "Talk about Eve", I was determined to get onto the bandwagon before I missed my chance again!
Although in previous albums, Eve had showcased a more abrasive take by criticising current societal trends through her album "Grown Up's Love Songs", she has stated that this time, she's going to be taking a softer approach.
"I don't wish to be at odds with the world anymore, I want to take those closest to me and flee together, towards the lives we want."
Encircling this latest album are the themes of 'love' and 'escape', two ideas which are very relevant to women in modern society.
Eve has said that this will be her most intimate album to date, saying "I envision this to be an album which will allow me to get close to my audience, we can sit together, chat about love, this and that, listen to my observations on life, and share views".
Fans can expect a variety of exciting collaborations within the album with the likes of famed producer Chen Jian Qi, singer songwriters Evan Yo and Eric Chou, as well as lyricist Zhang Jian Jun Wei.
Her first single "Sum of Us" has already caught the attention of many with its beautiful, stripped down arrangement against Eve's mesmerising and intimate vocals which will have your heart caught in your throat in no time.
Eve Ai-The Sum Of Us
Her second single "Harmless Loneliness" is impulsive, reckless and emotional. Certainly not just any old love ballad. Check out the cool music video too!
Eve Ai-The Harmless Loneliness
After a long wait, wonder kid Eric Chou is back with two new singles to whet the appetites of his fans!
The first one, "Back to the day" is a ballad written in his signature R & B style. There's just something about his melodies that really hit all the notes for me, filling my heart with such sadness at times. However I do think the bridge of this song is very similar to that of Magic Power's song "I still love you". Also wishing that he could put those catchy melodies to better use by getting a little more out of his comfort zone. Ugh, but it sounds so good still, I'm torn!
Eric Chou-Back to the day
The second single he's released in this period is yet another theme song, this time for drama "Life list". I honestly can't decide which song I like better, his hooks and beautiful falsetto tone have got me totally mesmerised. A very sweet song that truly has a soul of its own. What I really like about Eric is that although his songs technically are very balladic and follow a more conventional style, they come from a place so pure and so authentic that it's still quite very irresistible if I say so myself.
Which of the two of his new singles do you like better? Let us know in the comments below!
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