Album Song List: 

1.往前
2.那你呢
3.一萬小時
4.沒感覺
5.真實朋友
6.成名15秒
7.淹沒
8.不孤島
9.兩人雨天
10.寂寞之上
11.日常練習

It’s a little late, since this album was released in mid-June 2015.

But since we’re at the cusp of the new year, and this whole album is about beginnings, endings and dreams, I thought it’d be appropriate to enjoy and share this now.

[不孤島]

不孤島 was the first song I encountered in the album. Additionally, I clicked on it at perhaps 2AM in the morning, which is exactly the time of day this song is most appropriate for.

The 張力 of their music is really wonderful, and I feel that they spend a lot of time thinking about the ways in which their music can interact with other mediums.

This MV is an absolute dream to watch, particularly if you hold a nostalgic attachment to those crisscrossing aerial freeways that weave across so much of Asia.

[一萬個小時]

It takes 10,000 hours to become a master at something. Sometimes I think about professional musicians and the hard work they put in. Especially those who are producing, writing and performing their own work.

Whole albums produced by the performers who also deliver it are really interesting, because they offer a curated snapshot of a person’s/a group’s growth over time, within their craft. This song, which shares the album title is a bit of a pivot around which the whole album spins. As a creator, I understand the torture of bottlenecking immensely, and the huge frustration that comes with not being able to break into new creative processes.

I like that it becomes the departure point for a sound that is still distinctly Cosmospeople, but drives the content creation of their evolving points of view as lyricists and composers.

[寂寞之上]

This is my favourite song in the album. It’s a lighthearted approach to a melodramatic topic, which honestly is Cosmospeople’s strength. This whole album has a very summery, upbeat approach and vibe, suited for those warm breezy evenings with drinks along some harbourfront.

The rest of the album is pretty similar, songs like 沒感覺,日常練習,and 那你呢 offer the wonderfully boyish perspective this band always seems to take to any topic they tackle in their musical creations. They’re the perfect sound to listen to if you need a boost for the new year, and all the new things you are up to try.

After all, what is life but just the daily grind of the mundane? Why not see that mundane with a bit of humour, and an on-point soundtrack?

 

Posted by:jasmine

Jasmine is an editor, poet, and community arts organizer. She comes to poetry by way of Chinese music. This blog is a mapping of ways.

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