Amy’s 2015 Music Highlights
2. Bjork – Vulnicura
Bjork left the experimentation of Biophilia to write about the heartbreak of separation, which would generally be boring , but her heartbreak is so real and the strings so painful. Vulnicura is a beautiful journey. Just listen to Black Lake [MV] and feel your heart falling apart bit by bit. Like- I’m just hear to pick up the pieces, mop all these tears that inundate your surroundings.
1. Sa Dingding (萨顶顶) – The Butterfly Dream (庄周梦蝶集)
I find it weird that The Butterfly Dream has such a low rating on Xiami, but people are usually assholes fanboys or fangirls. Think of it as IMDb ratings. For a while now, probably since the release of The Coming Ones (恍如来者) [Cn version][Eng version], her sound has moved more towards a more traditional style away from the sleek over-produced electro-folk that once made her show up in the iTunes World charts. Long are gone the days of the Paul Oakenfold ways.
In The Butterfly Dream, which apparently takes inspiration from the Zhuangzi (莊子)  to create a carefree experience that embodies the Daoist wisdom. In here, she chants those incredibly high-pitched cries that are so very Sa Dingding, but she’s also quite playful— the first track alone is called “The Distinguished Dingding” (大名顶顶), though the official title is Ding Ding Sa; I haven’t been able to find lyrics, though, so I can’t tell you what the lyrics are about.
Sa Dingding also explores crazy beat-driven songs such as Play (大小孩), which seems to be based on a children rhyme and mixes sounds that sound South Asian to me. xD So yeah, this is my favorite album of the year.
In the meantime, I thought you should all know that Sa Dingding has a verified Facebook account (which I didn’t know about)!
That is IT, you guys! It’s been a long journey…
What have been your favorite albums of the year?
Please, also look forward to my Top50 Songs of 2015 list!