Rainbow Chan joins UNDR Ctrl
Launches new single 'Nest'
Reviewed by Pitchfork & The Fader
Album forthcoming on Silo Arts & Records
UNDR Ctrl is positively thrilled to welcome the magnificent Rainbow Chan to our eclectic artist roster.
'Nest' is Rainbow Chan's ode to unrequited love and the first single taken from her stunning debut album 'Spacings', forthcoming on Silo Arts & Records.
The Fader (single premiere) - "With a lofty yet spry voice, Chan creates colorful sonic spaces in which to wistfully sing, You'll only remind me of bubble gum and ice cream kisses in the sun".
Pitchfork - "Consider "Nest" her fanned peacock tail: Its bright, percolating chirrup recalls Solange's "Losing You" if it had been produced by Cape Town's John Wizards, and Chan's soulful, multi-tracked vocals radiate sunny warmth".
Rolling Stone - "Landing right between angelically delicate and rebelliously nonchalance, its the delivery and Chan's remarkable ability to adaptively shift around the fidgety, occasionally skittish backdrop that makes "Nest" such an alluring pop song".
FasterLouder - "Nest" is flush with vivid imagery, warped production tics, and her best vocal turn yet".
Rainbow Chan is a Sydney-based
singer / producer via Hong Kong.
A fervent collector of sounds, Rainbow has a penchant for blending saccharine melodies and left-of-centre beats. Since taking out FBi Radio’s Northern Lights Competition in 2011, Rainbow has been building a reputation as one of the most innovative musicians on the scene with her brand of pop.
While classically trained in saxophone, piano and choral singing, Rainbow’s fondest musical memories are those of family day trips in a squishy car, singing along to mix-tapes sent from her grandmother in Hong Kong. From Chinese folksongs to Western ballads, Grandma’s hodgepodge tapes would have a lasting impression on her music. Rainbow has been interested in the idea of intersections and hybridity from an early age—the resultant work is a delicious collage of seemingly disparate sounds and cultures.
Described as “genuinely refreshing”, her 2013 Long Vacation EP was met with critical acclaim and attracted the attention of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner who gave 'Haircut' a jangly remix. A captivating live performer, Rainbow has played at cutting-edge festivals such as Iceland Airwaves, Dark Mofo, Camp A Low Hum, Vivid Festival and has supported the likes of Maria Minerva, Baths, L-VIS 1990 and Bok Bok.
Rainbow Chan has been busy preparing for the release of her debut album, 'Spacings'. The record is about distance, impossible intimacies and things that relentlessly collapse upon themselves. Not shying away from pop tropes, Rainbow fragments and reconfigures the familiar into strange mosaic pieces. Warped tones reminiscent of early Japanese electronic producers rub against modern RnB hooks. Most compelling are her vocal arrangements which oscillate between choral, soulful and the post-human. It is her most confident and refined work yet.
'Spacings' will be released on Silo Arts & Records in 2016.