When I turn back to look at myself,
That light was “me” all along
The lyrics by Wu Tsing-Fong of Sodagreen for Rocket Girls’ third single Light (second from their EP) is heartfelt and shines with his unique combination of childhood wonder and empowerment, and the arrangement of the girls’ voices is stunning Someone said it reminded them of classic SHE songs and that’s how I feel.
S.H.E.’s anniversary MV is so moving it made me cry. It tells of their journey through a subway ride, from the moment they said goodbye to their families to embark on this journey to them splitting off but still supporting each other through their marriages and pregnancy and divorce. The song is written by Wu Tsing-fong of Sodagreen.
Awaken-F’s summer photoshoot
Thanks to variety shoes Idol Producer and 101 , there’s once more popular boybands and girls outside of TF boys again. Here are some recent MV’s from some of the bigger ones, including Rocket Girls, NEXT, Awaken-F, Sing girlband, and a few solos from Nine Percent and M.I.C. boyband. .
On the girl group side, Chinese-styled EDM group released their latest single Night of Music 夜笙歌 with inspirations from Southeast China. I wish they would release a MV for “Accidentally Time-travelled to Ancient Times一不小心到古代” because that’s probably my favorite song from them after 寄明月.
Ren Suxi’s live performance in Hunan TV’s new live musical show, Phantacity 幻乐之城，is full of childhood wonder but also made me cry like an idiot at the airport.
The series features Faye Wong as she overlooks the production of four 10-minute mini-live musicals per episode. Episode one featured Yi Yangqianxi and Hu Xianxu, Huang Xiaoming, Ren Suxi, and Lei Jia. Yi Yangqianxi and Hu Xianxu’s work with Peng Youlun was visually stunning and a decent watch, but the breakout performance was definitely director Xin Shuang and actor Ren Suxi’s “Time Machine.”
Shanghainese Singer Huang Ling tugs at your heart with a Suzhounese tune . Her voice is probably the embodiment of the tender, soft sounds of Wu-Yue dialects and I’m fine if she never sang in mandarin again.
Pop soul artist Tia Ray’s best MV so far from her new album
Gong (宫阁） adds Chinese and Indian instruments to EDM in this catchy introduction of himself. He also wrote the super catchy new song by Victoria Song.
Meng Jia’s MV for “Free” is so beautiful it looks like a giant tourism ad for Dunhuang/Jiayuguan.
Fan Yuanyuan brings an air of idgaf nonchalance to Amit’s angry “Matriachy”.
Feel the storm and clouds of my breath
Hear the thunder and lighting of my voice
See the stars that are my eyes
My limbs point North, East, West, and South
My skin stretch across the open earth
Pangu cut open the heavens and the Earth,
to watch me perform
Unabashedly bold, Yaoband member Zhang Jinghao’s lyrics evoke such majestic imagery in all his songs. I love how you can tell his influences even in collabs, such as this song he cowrote with and for JA Fu Longfei. Here, Fu Longfei compares himself to Pangu, the mythical hero who cut open the world to cause essentially the Big Bang in Chinese lore.
Fu Longfei’s live version at a new song competition show, Unlimited Show Season 无限歌谣季, at 1h16m40s