One of the better post-80s generation band and music.
[I actually posted one of their songs earlier here, on Time.]
The lead singer and songwriter, the androgynous 吴青峰, writes some of the best lyrics in mandarin music for his generation. I hate to say it, but this kid (he’s younger than I am !) is good… He writes lines that stretches through time and disciplines and reaches for allusions from classical poetry, literature and history. This political science major is very good.
I’ve been sitting on translating his lyrics… gonna sit some more…
Here are some of their songs (all written by 吴青峰):
迟到千年 A Thousand Years Too Late
[The lyrics of the above song (see comment below) is one of my favourites in recent years. The cadence, imagery, word-play, allusions… it is amazing.
The video is also, very good.]
(the chinese title actually translates as: The Looking Hearing and Hallucination of Air)
小宇宙 Little Universe
[I like how the video starts, sharpening from a blurry out-of-focused wide-pan shot to zooming and clarifying into a close-up of the singer’s face…and his wide-shut eyes — truly in his little universe.
And with eyes closed, he leads you into his perspective of his world, flipping quickly through the four images he presents in the four lines of the first stanza.