Posts filed under ‘Rainbow Chan’
Sydney’s Rainbow Chan officially released her first single from her brand new EP due out mid 2013. The single is called “Skinny Dipping”, a charming aquatic love-tune featuring a few Rainbow Chan touchstones — cascading melodic electronic blips, unexpected musical transitions, and a bit of celestial imagery. The lyrics are a pretty trip into memories of old love, washing up in waves of melody, and overlapping vocals: “It was clear, night was still / The water was black ink … / I stepped back, you stepped forward / Dancing without care / Close my eyes, feet on sand / We were younger than / Taught us to remember how we swam under stars / Night was falling ’round us like a veil.” This is a marvelous release. Note: Lyrics are unofficial. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Rainbow Chan has a new video for a track called “Rabbit And Fox”, a song from an upcoming 7-inch split with another fellow-Aussie artist, Outerwaves. The record will be available through Silo Arts as a digital download or on vinyl on June 19. Video is directed by Puppet Spider. Read archived Their Bated Breath posts about Rainbow Chan here. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Two Their Bated Breath favorites, Rainbow Chan and Oliver Tank, were flown to Reykjavik, Iceland last year by FBi Radio as part of what the station called the Northern Lights Competition. After cutting hundreds of entries down to six finalists, the voting went to the public, and Oliver Tank and Rainbow Chan won. The two met and collaborated on two tracks, “To Love Again” and “Golden”. FBi is now releasing the tracks, along with some remix goodies — calling it the “Northern Lights EP”. You can get it as a free download (9 tracks), featuring collaborations with Iceland’s Just Another Snake Cult and Pétur Ben, who also turned in a remix of each song. Listen to “To Love Again” below. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Sydney’s Rainbow Chan posted a new track on her soundcloud page, “Sweet Tooth”. What’s great about Rainbow Chan is she seems to find a way to be melodic and challenging. This new song is certainly eclectic, impressionistic and as free-flowing as some of her earlier work. But it’s still a wonder how she takes a simple keyboard melody and vocal refrain, then and adds a variety of noises, blips, loops, rustles, and computerized cascades to form something alluring, and uniquely her own. “Sweet Tooth” is an extraordinary track, touching on electronica, jazz, trip-hop, and video-game based musical architecture. Rainbow Chan’s music is as imaginative as it gets. Read an archived Their Bated Breath post about the artist here. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Rainbow Chan must think of music as a form of painting. An electronic glitch here, ultra-sweet vocals there, a dab of bells and beeps over there. It’s free-form and highly inventive. She’s a collector of sounds and apparently, stars. Her song, “Star Picking”, is a sensual and elegant feast of sound. The song may remind you of Bell or the softer-side of St. Vincent. The music is highly synthetic, computerized and technological. But it still remains grounded in the organic, calling to mind nature’s unmitigated grace and the continuum of human movement. “Star Picking” is part child’s lullaby, part avant garde burst. It’s a cascade of water, the chirping of crickets, the slow-hush of wind whistling through leaves, and the busy hustle of bees. It’s the majesty of floral scorching reds, a twinkling of blood orange and a cool-jeweled night. It’s also the blink of a traffic light, the clinking of bottles and the clamor of a cityscape. Or at least that’s how it feels to me. The music is impressionistic. There’s a supreme sense of artistry to a track like “Happy Birthday” (which you can stream at her soundcloud page), with its intermittent vocal rushes and music-box musings. “Seaside” weaves beat-box with skitters of video-game blips. “Nocturne (demo)” is an experimentation around acapella. Rainbow Chan works in pastiche, and says as much on her official website: “Recently, I have been fascinated with the idea of sound, technology and spaces. I took a little field-recorder with me on an overseas trip to London, Paris, Iceland and Hong Kong earlier this year as I wanted to capture soundscapes and collage these in an upcoming musical project. From the busy hum of Hong Kong traffic, to the rumbling of the London underground, to waterfalls, geysers, and the flutter of Icelandic conversations in a harbourside cafe. It is amazing how sound can be transported so easily now, taking us to weird and wonderful places, enticing our imaginations.” – David D. Robbins Jr.