Publishing this before the actual album is out because I’m scared the album won’t live up to the teasers.
pipa X hard dance ✓
kunqu opera X future bass ✓
Triple pun and triple entendre ✓
my favorite ancient Chinese novel ✓
Every detail of 耀乐团 Yaoband’s new album teasers is tuned to perfection. Reflections in a Garden 镜花园 is an upcoming concept album inspired by Flowers in the Mirror 镜花缘, a nineteenth century fantasy novel known for its explorations of various dystopias.
The first teaser opens in a garden. The music opens with future bass, then goes to guzheng as the teaser reads “Disturb the waves by washing one’s clothes in the milky way, clean oneself of star dust.” The metaphor uses several wordplays. Disturb (波动) can also refer to the plucking of a zither instrument such as the guzheng, clothes can also mean baggage, the characters for the milky way literally mean silver river, and dust is often used to indicate mortality in Chinese.
The song then samples a line from The Peony Pavilion segment A Walk in the Garden, “Without visiting the garden, how could I have known such beauty ? 不到园林,怎知春色如许. ” The opera’s protagonist then falls asleep in the garden and meets and falls in love with her otp in a dream. The teaser reads “Searching for a dream of the past to meet oneself in parallel universes.”