Laure Shang – La Muse de la Nuit
Laure Shang (Shang Wenjie, for the purists) wants to take the world by storm, and with the release of her upcoming album Hello World, we might just have to, at least, wave back at her. She knows I’ve been waving for a while now.
However, there are a few things we must make clear first. If singles like Nightmare [MV] and Asura [MV] are any indication, Shang might be heading towards a whole different direction than mere commercial pop — think more Bjork than Britney Spears. Whereas Shang’s music contemporaries are focusing on sweet pop ballads or seemingly sexy Kpop-esque dance pop (which I usually love, by the way), Shang is looking more towards new age music, with chants and tribal sounds, sometimes mixing it with a little homegrown traditional music.
In the music video for La Muse de la Nuit, directed by Edwards Zhou, she is visually eclectic, combining dots in a pool full of glowing jellyfish, and usually high fashion in an open field of greens. She could very much follow a similar path to Sarah Brightman, who walks that fine line of popular new age with an emphasis on visual concepts. But Shang’s bright green leotard gives me pause.
If you watch the video on YinYueTai, it should look crisper.
If you YinYueTai doesn’t load for you, there’s already of lower quality version of it on YouTube… which reminds me, she should really look for a way to have a channel on YouTube for practicality. YouTube does load faster than China-based websites, and we need HD versions of her videos if she keeps working with inland talent.
What do you think of the music video?
How about Shang’s musical concept?
Are there any other musicians that are doing similar combinations in music?