Everyone have a solid weekend? I know I did. Not quite ready to head back into the real world. And what better way to deny our reality than indulge on some of the latest music videos including new MVs from Ningxia folk rock outfit Li Dong, hard rock psych rockers Proximity Butterfly, and up and coming rapper Li Qiuze. Dig in.
After disappearing for pretty much all of the past year, Beijing via Ningxia folk rock favorites Li Dong, fronted by the ever-charismatic Li Xia, is looking to get back in the game. With an EP expected next spring, the band has released a new music video for their single ‘Vibrant Peony’ which gives the spotlight to over a hundred different women of all ages and occupations. You might even recognize a few of the ladies on screen. Quite a difference from the cookie-cutter magazine pinup girls that are so often depicted in the industry. The video concludes will a cute behind the scenes segment – solid work. Catch Li Dong (in some form or capacity) at a special listening party November 7th at DDC.
I was lucky enough to catch Chengdu prog psych rockers Proximity Butterfly two weekends ago and they hit the sweet spot – hard rock with equals amount flair and sentimentality. Frontman Joshua C. Love has been quite busy behind the camera as well for the band’s latest release Medusae, filming and directing a slew of music videos for the album’s songs (as well as putting together a stellar collection of videos for their road show). The latest song to get the MV treatment is ‘So Believe’, one of the band’s slower numbers. The song and video pull the heartstrings quite a bit, examining the hopelessness and hopefulness that comes with loneliness and longing. Overly sentimental perhaps, but I so believe that Proximity Butterfly pulls it off.
Shanghai based rapper Li Qiuze, whose steady rise to fame came due to an appearance on The Voice of China, has returned with his debut EP, Tyrant King, and he’s put together his Middle Eastern gangster rap music video for the title track, ‘Tyrant Gold’. Lots of reiterations of ‘take money’ and ‘make money’. While apart of me feels there’s a satirical bite to what Li Quize is pushing here, it gets lost in the glamor and seediness of gangster rap tropes. Solid production value though — and is that the old Shelter in Shanghai?