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Music: [Album Review] 渺小, 田馥甄

I know it’s been a while since the release of this album. But I also think that after spending many months with it, I can offer a more precise opinion. More than that though, in this past month and a bit of traveling, this particular album was my soundtrack of choice for most of the long commutes. There is in me somewhere, a pretty deep love for the album as a whole.

This third independent album by田馥甄, 渺小 features an expanded range of pieces, while still keeping 田馥甄’s signature sound.

The namesake track, 渺小 is a powerhouse single.
Singles on the album are usually the most popular, but not necessarily the most interesting. 渺小 happens to be both, featuring a set of killer lyrics inspired by the poem ‘Under One Small Star’ by Wislawa Szymborska and a haunting melody and voice to perform it with. The song by itself is a gem, but 馥甄’s performance of it is spectacular, as her voice captures the same nostalgia and desire that the poem has. It is my favorite because of this very reason. There is nothing quite like art talking to other art, and creating new art in the process.

Other favourites of mine include:

Track 4 不醉不會, the MV of which is stunning in its own right. 田馥甄 has a distinctive persona that we get to hear and see in the videos, and I think this particular more upbeat track, with its buzzed vibe delivers a different part of 馥甄 that I quite enjoy. It’s almost as if in this track I get to see a smaller gap between 馥甄 and her Hebe counter-persona.

Track 7你就不要想起我 is unassuming when you first start listening, but there are standout phrases in there that stay in your ear long after the song is done. When the chorus hits 馥甄 moves into a higher range laced with the 哭腔 she does so well. Her tone of voice brings a sense of drama that is repeatedly understated, which I really like. It vibes really well with her persona, and the album sound as a whole also reflects a significant littleness that she sings so much into.

Track 9 愛著愛著就永遠 is classic 馥甄. Reminiscent of songs like 還是要幸福, it features simple acoustic and piano accompaniment and a mellow bittersweet tonality in its overall delivery. It is always refreshing to listen to a track that is both happy and sad at the same time, light enough to not overburden you with a wave of sentiment. After all, most days realistically feel more like this than anything else.


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jaziimun is an interdisciplinary artist who works in text, paper arts and tea. She is also an arts programmer, and a ceramic hobbyist. She is also a proud bun mom.

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