A Mix Tape You Made - Cheer Chen / 陳綺貞 (HK)
Well, after a break of a week or two, I'm back. Did you miss me madly? Rhetorical questions aside, it's time to put up some new music under the guise of 'it's new if it's new to me'.
That being said, introducing 陳綺貞, which I believe means 'Cheer Chen'. After hearing my share of J-Pop, and a smattering of Hong Kong pop, which pretty much of the same saccherine variety, this is the polar opposite - a pretty folk pop songstress whose quite and clear voice brings me back to The Gentle Waves, the side band of then-Belle and Sebastian-er Isobel Cambell. While Cheer Chen's voice has much more authority, it's so simple and clear it makes you want to sway in a seat as you look at those old high school yearbooks.
The folk twee factor picks up beyond the acoustic guitar strumming, when a lonely horn floats in with some playful children 2/3rds of the way through, picking up the backdrop of the guitar as it peters out itself. A fairly simple track, but the pretty vocals and minimalist nature stay with you for a bit, and goes great with the kids frolicking outside school in the spring sun.
Tag: One is the lonliest number
RIYL: Julie Dorion, Isobel Cambpell
Track: Cheer Chen (陳綺貞) - After 17