如同悲傷被下載了兩次, 陳珊妮 ft.林宥嘉
Before we talk about anything else, can we all stop and marvel at this exquisite MV? How the words don’t just mean what they say, but even do what they say? *cries in a corner*
Sandee Chan 陳珊妮’s discography includes 11 studio albums, 4 live albums, 6 collaborative albums and 3 EPs. She has written and composed over 65 tracks for other artists, drama and film soundtracks and is also a writer and visual artist.
If you’ve never heard her music, that’s okay. You just need to know she’s an 一姐 in the Chinese music industry. Her collaborative partners come from a wide range of industries and disciplines, which means her work has an expansive scope in terms of perspectives, talents and ideas.
Chan’s latest album, 如同悲傷被下載了兩次 is an appropriate Spring album, although she released it last september. I’ve been meaning to get to reviewing it but school happened and then it never stopped.
If you like ambient sounds, almost like cafe music but less mellow and more eerie, this album is perfect. If like me, you’re almost always about the writing, then this album is amazing.
陳珊妮 is a beautiful lyricist. She often talks about not being the greatest singer, but hopes that the creative effort she puts into her song from beginning to end really show in the tracks. I haven’t really explored her vast discography (being more familiar with her collaborations and recent work), but I think it’s safe to say that effort shows in her work.
Every song is complex, sometimes humorous and playful, more often slightly mournful and contemplative, but always poetic in execution.
If it’s ft. Yoga Lin 林宥嘉 on vocals (he also composed the melody) I’m generally interested. But more than the lovely vocals by both Lin and Chan, Chan’s lyric-writing for this song is exquisite.
If you come to 陳珊妮 looking for dramatic arc or even storytelling, you might be a little disappointed. What Chan is amazing at doing is peeling back layer after layer of complex emotion in phrases that are emotionally accessible, but not necessarily cognitively. The MV performance is by Chan herself featuring a quiet interaction between her hands and a book. It is poetic storytelling that doesn’t move us forward narratively, but holds our attention in suspended time.
I’m partial to gingko (銀杏) so visually the title of this song has already got me waiting. Written by 駱以軍 (a Chinese professor and writer), composed by Chan, the song sounds like a walk through this very forest, and the music functions to deliver the central image of a vision filled with flying ginkgo leaves. Although musically, the entire album doesn’t deviate too much from a middling line of emotional expression, each song nuances its departure from that line in different ways. This song sits emotionally a few registers above 如同悲傷被下載了兩次, weaving the heaviness of a footstep with the wonder of a movement in the wind that liberates that step, or at least, imbues each step with a sort of hushed wonder.
THE PUNS oh the puns. The egg pun is the guiding metaphor that makes this song playful and humorous, it is also one of the few (if not the only song) in the album that brings the acoustic guitar out. Written by 歐陽應霽 (a comic artist from HK) and composed by Chan, it’s the lightest of tracks, and also the silliest one.
I love Chan’s dry and deadpan sense of humour, particularly in the way it manifests in playful language delivered in more muted, albeit light-hearted tones.
I Love You John (a pun for 這樣) is still my ringtone. Brilliant and playful, I think this is one of Chan’s best songs.
就John 還是不要John Oh大概就John