Aristophanes | The Peach Blossom
Seems like using the handle Aristophanes would bring a lot of pressure with it, but that’s just the way rappers seem to like it, even when spitting their flows in Mandarin Chinese. Yeah, that’s right. Aristophanes is a female DJ from Taipei named Li Mou, who shows off her buttery-smooth delivery in a track called “The Peach Blossom”. If you’re like me, foreign-language limited, you can use google translate to read through a fairly spotty translation of her lyrics. It’s a bit misleading, with the seemingly sensually-charged (and rather clever) single cover image and the song title — but the song isn’t about that at all. It’s really a riff on on old Chinese fable, Tao Yuanming’s “The Peach Blossom Spring” — about a culture that lives life in utopia, unaware of the outside world. In some ways, that’s what certain music is, the ability to go into a cocoon of one’s own. The song “The Peach Blossom” is very sedate, using high-pitched R&B keyboard stylings, breathy vocals that build in intensity, a steady rhythm and slow-smoked patience. Follow Aristophanes at soundcloud. — David D. Robbins Jr.