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MP3 Lentic :: Ember Swift :: ?? - Lentic

A "Folktronica" project where folk and world meet electronic beats and deep grooves. Chinese traditional instrumentation takes the hand of Western (Canadian) song structure and leads it to the dance floor. Sultry lyrics in both Mandarin and English...

9 MP3 Songs in this album (42:31) !
Related styles: ELECTRONIC: Folktronic, WORLD: Asian- East

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Two worlds, one artist

To say Ember Swift’s new project entitled “Lentic” is a case where East meets West may be a cliché, but there is nothing stale about this bold and beautiful CD. In fact. Lentic is a refreshing step in a new direction – electronic music meets folk – and is truly a sonic representation of two countries: China and Canada. This “folktronica” project is both organic (acoustic and traditional) and electronic (beats and grooves). Lentic features Chinese instrumentation (specifically the guzheng), lyrics in both Mandarin and English, and, consistent with Ember Swift’s musical outpourings, several tips of the hat to diverse styles and musical eras within the arrangements. Lentic truly reflects a new global reality of cultural exchange, and particularly China, a country that embodies the collision between East and West, ancient and modern.

Working with producer Tim Rideout of FibiiSonic Studio in Montreal while she was living in Beijing, Ember’s exploration of her newly adopted country is reflected in her investigation of genuinely new musical forms. The result is a highly original blend that contains elements that will be familiar and eye-opening to both Eastern and Western listeners. Ember’s luminous voice singing in English and Mandarin provides the link that ties and unifies the songs together, as well as providing sheer pleasure to any music fan.

Well known as an articulate and frequently topical songwriter, Ember lets Lentic’s music do the talking more than on any of her other nine recordings. That’s not to say the lyrics here are devoid of substance. Quite the contrary. The songs cover territory as vast at the two countries she calls home, from the suicide of a good friend (What Were You Thinking?) to a love song to China (So Nice) to the prospect of human extinction as part of the evolution of the planet (Hollowed Bones). However, in a song such as That’s Right/Jiu Shi, the trippy music starts off as contemporarily as Twitter before the entrance of the traditional guzheng, crunchy rock guitar and Ember’s gorgeous jazzy vocals delight the listener to a Zen expression of minimalist lyrics: “This is exactly the kind of music…..this is exactly who I am.” The effect contextualizes Ember’s voice (and lyrics) as an instrument that is but one part (albeit a key part) of the aural portrait Lentic paints.

In a world of musical clichés, Lentic is exactly the kind of music that rewards discerning fans , and Ember Swift remains exactly who she is: an extraordinary artist producing extraordinary work.




如果说子玉最新推出的“Lentic”融汇了东西方的艺术,这种说法有点陈词滥调的话,您只要听一下她放任而动听的曲子,就会感到耳目一新。 事实上, Lentic走的是全新的路子。现代的电子音乐融合传统的民间音乐,将两个国家-中国和加拿大-用真实而动听的音乐来表达 。 这张“电子民乐”音碟既包含了文化内涵(听觉和传统层面),也使用了现代电子音乐(打击乐和鼓乐)。 在Lentic里可以听到中国民乐(特别是古筝),还有国语和英语歌曲。正如子玉以往的作品一样,可以窥见到不同时代和不同风格的曲调。 Lentic真实地映射了全球文化交流的新的现实,尤其是中国,体现了中西方文化及传统和和现代的交流和碰撞。

子玉在北京生活期间,与来自蒙特利尔FibiiSonic Studio的音乐制碟人Tim Rideout一起工作。她的作品,力图用全新的音乐形式,来探索她新近热爱的国度。 其结果就是在音乐中融入了各种既熟悉又陌生的因素,让中西方听众都感到耳目一新。 子玉用清醇的嗓音唱出的英语和国语歌曲贯穿全碟,既将歌曲连成一体,也让她的粉丝们有了醉人的享受。

知为一个知名的歌曲作者,子玉Lentic音碟所表达的,比她以往的九张碟子更多。 而这些歌曲并不是毫无思想内容。 恰恰相反。 歌曲所包含的内容几乎如她热爱的两个国家一样富有内涵,从一个好朋友的自杀(怎么会那样想)到表达对中国的热爱的抒情歌(美丽国度),直到对人类作为星系演变一部分,可能会绝迹的暗淡远景(空骨)的反思。 比如在That’s Right(就是)这首歌中, 一开始是梦幻般的像Twitter那样现代派的音乐,而后是传统的古筝,随之相伴而来的是摇滚吉他和子玉那美妙而具有Jazz风格的歌声,用毫不夸张的抒情格调,带来的是禅宗式的愉悦: “这正是我要的音乐.....这正是我I ”在这天籁般的声音(和抒情曲)的烘托下,子玉的歌声成了一种媒体(而且是主要的媒体),用歌声画出一幅幅美丽的图画。

在当今匮乏新声的音乐世界里, Lentic就是让人耳目一新的音乐,而子玉则依旧是子玉: 非同寻常的艺术家,非同寻常的作品。

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