New release "Coastland" will be out on 8/2.
Dedicating an album to the graceful landscapes in Taiwan has always been a dream for Jesy Chiang, the composer and leading member of Cicada. She visited one after another coastal wetlands in western Taiwan and immersed herself in the poetic view and atmosphere which became the inspiration of the new release Coastland.
The opening track "Flying Sands" starts with a coarse and grainy bass line with violas and violins joining later.
The upbeat "Flapping Wings" features the crystal-esque sound of the piano and high soaring sounds of the string instruments mimicking a flock of birds flying across scattered clouds.
The continuous and tender melody of the string instruments in "Close to Wetland" embodies the softness of Cheng Long Wetlands in Yunlin County.
In " Withered Reflection", the western coastal view in Taiwan is musically depicted with a gentle touch, while the next song, " Blooms in Dark", is overwhelmed with despair and sadness. The music carrying such complex emotions builds up and paints the silhouette of Mailiao, Yunlin County. It allows listeners to catch a glimpse of hope as the song proceeds.
Despite the melancholy composition in D minor, the last number "into the Ocean" sends encouraging energy by its strong and flowing rhythm. The bonus track "Over the Sea/Under the Water" was the first song of Cicada released in the first EP three years ago. It was inspired by environmental issues in Taiwan and became the starting point of Coastland.
After the new violist joined the band, this track was re-arranged and re-recorded in the new album to remind their original intention.
The concept behind the music and the performance in Coastland are exquisite, profound, and grand ── fans of classical music, chamber music and independent music will all relate. A truly extraordinary conceptual album that will be on repeat by those of who devote their love to Taiwan.
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