属 Belonging, Ian Chang’s first full-length album, is like a cyborg - part purring mechanism, part animate bio-mass rising from primordial ooze. In nine concise, largely instrumental pop songs, Chang conjures a personal cosmos: the listener feels as if we might reach out and touch Belonging's jagged and tender aural sculptures. At every level, his music sings with earnest and deceptive simplicity. The album's melodies are intimate, its rhythms rewarding, and yet, just beneath the surface glimmers innovation, as if the neurons firing in each melodic idea have become audible. From the tradition of Bjork, Burial, and Flying Lotus, Chang breathes a new kind of human vulnerability into electronica.
Ian Chang will release 属 Belonging digitally on April 24, 2020 and physically on May 29, 2020 via City Slang Records.
- Written by Ross Edwards
released April 24, 2020
All songs written by Ian Chang except
"Comfort Me" by Kiah Victoria and Ian Chang
"Audacious" by Kazu Makino and Ian Chang
"雀舌 (Bird’s Tongue)" by Hanna Benn and Ian Chang
All songs performed and produced by Ian Chang
Mixed by Ryan Lott
Mastered by Heba Kadry
Design / Art Direction by Eileen Tjan
3D by Victor Uhal
Kiah Victoria - "Comfort Me"
Kazu Makino - "Audacious"
Hanna Benn - "雀舌 (Bird’s Tongue)"
Jackson Hill - Electric bass on "Comfort Me"
Kendrick Lo - Electric guitar on "Comfort Me"
Rafiq Bhatia - Electric guitar on "Zoetrope"
吴非 Wu Fei - 古筝 on "醉罗汉 (Drunken Fist)"
Nathan Fox and Blake Hoffman at Elevator Music, Denton, TX
Kiah Victoria at Zamunda, Los Angeles, CA
Giuseppe Salvadori at Officine Mechaniche, Milan, IT
Hanna Benn at NoPlace Studio, Atlanta, GA
Rafiq Bhatia at 4N Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Jeff Coffin at ITA Studio, Nashville, TN
Orchestral instrument samples on "雀舌 (Bird’s Tongue)" are from a sample library created and provided by by Found Sound Nation and Symphony For A Broken Orchestra. Symphony for a Broken Orchestra was commissioned by Temple Contemporary at The Tyler School of Art. Major support is provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Barra Foundation. Used with permission.
Bringing electronic music to the physical realm, genre-bending drummer Ian Chang is an acclaimed drumming virtuoso known for
his work in Son Lux and Landlady, Chang uses his kit to control and manipulate samples resulting in a seamless synthesis of raw performative intensity and sophisticated sound design....more
The androidish voice, the arhythmic percussions; a lot of things just moved me.
This album came right on time to reflect realities I was encountering. “Plans we made” definitely triggered some feelings and has been precious then and still beautiful now. arkhi
Amother superb album from an amazing band, I feel inadequate to give an opinion on their music. Everything they do is intelligent, original and deserves to be heard by all. Thank you Elizabeth Rothwell
Rafiq (of Son Lux), along with his dazzling collective of supporting collaborators, displays an adept ear for silence, space, texture, and energy with this record, and - aside from the ambient and experimental pieces that are aligned within this album - his guitar playing is reflective of this: adventurous in his curiosity to explore what music is capable of with a tone of experience and humility. ／人◕ ‿‿ ◕人＼ || hanzo