Dark Show EP

by AM444

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AM444 is very proud to present their brand new EP “Dark Show”. On this release, producer Jay.Soul is moving towards a more electronic sound that is equal parts futuristic and retro – full of warped 808 drums, floating arpeggiated synths and addictive analog basslines. Singer ChaCha meanwhile dives deeper lyrically into the darker sides of human behaviour, singing about mass confusion, sexual desires and selling one’s soul to the devil. The warmth of ChaCha’s voice and the lyrical fluidity she manages to give to Mandarin Chinese remains one of AM444’s main attractions - with her vocal arrangements becoming ever more ingenious.

Together, this uncompromising Chinese/Dutch duo effortlessly takes you from foreboding minimalistic space funk (“Huo”) and moody post-r&b (“Lian”), to the old school house vibes and sexual lyrics of “Not What It Seems” and the gradually evolving, dragging synth groove and hypnotic vocals of “Dark Show”.

As a bonus, the EP concludes with a fresh, jazzy and uber laidback remix of the EP's title track by Singapore production duo Forrane (soundcloud.com/forrane)

The music video of the EP’s eponymous first single “Dark Show”, has been directed by American director Eric Ransdell who also was responsible for their eye-catching “Eye Wonder” video in 2011.

A second video, for “Lian” is slated for a June release and is produced in collaboration with creative platform and agency NeochaEDGE.

As with AM444’s previous releases, the provocative cover art for the “Dark Show” EP is handmade once again by Shanghai based visual artist Nini Sum of screenprint collective Idlebeats.com.

AM444 will promote this new release by touring in China (June) and Europe (July/August).

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released 20 April 2015

Track 1/2/3/4 written by C. Yehaiyahan, J. van Olffen
Track 5 written by C. Yehaiyahan, J. van Olffen, Fabian Faasse, Adil Ansari

Lyrics, melodies & all vocals by ChaCha
Music, all instruments, production and mix by Jay.Soul, except track 5 by Forrane

Mastered by Jay.Soul at King Otis Studios

Artwork by Nini Sum (idlebeats.com)
Press photos by Benoit Florençon (bureau36.com)

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AM444 上海市, China

AM444 is Chinese singer ChaCha (RBMA 2011, Kode9, Jimi Tenor, Desto, Clive Chin etc) and Dutch producer Jay.Soul (Mr.Windmill, Cecilia Stalin, Corey, NineFifty etc). Together they create eclectic, soulful Chinese language electronic music. Increasingly hard to classify but familiar and accessible to all.
AM444's music has been used in Hollywood film Blackhat, Mario Testino x Vogue docus and more.
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Track Name: 惑 (HUO)
惑 (HUO)
(lyrics by C. Yehaiyahan)

描述让幻想失色
声音让语言失色
文字让意境失色
道德让人心失色

它原本应该是怎样的
疑惑在大脑沟回中折射
不稳定又危险的人格
反复的反复的否定又认可

惑 口若悬河
惑 隔岸观火
惑 不谋而合
惑 各自斟酌

异常 在偏离的磁场
意外的碰撞
失去平衡的振荡
发现 奇怪的意象
被刻意的遮挡
像思维的屏障

惑 口若悬河
惑 隔岸观火
惑 不谋而合
惑 各自斟酌

它原本应该是怎样的
疑惑在大脑沟回中折射
Track Name: Dark Show
Dark Show
(lyrics by C. Yehaiyahan)

你拉魔鬼的手
你被谣言左右
快要窒息的灵魂
正在等待出售

生命是一场Dark Show
看不见幕后黑手
选择饰演禽兽
选择受到引诱

用意想不到的方式
进入为你设置的场景

你向魔鬼祈求
祈求做命运的打手
隐藏在灯光背后
紧握着拳头

你是只笼中的困兽
只能在方寸间反复的走
反复的走 反复的走 反复的走

Dark Show~Dark Show~

挥舞着无力的手
不再问是非与否
你站在魔鬼身后
已经被谣言左右 被出售

隐藏在灯光背后
看不见幕后黑手
你只是笼中困兽
在方寸间反复反复的走

Dark Show~Dark Show~
Track Name: 链 (LIAN)
链 (LIAN)
Lyrics by C. Yehaiyahan

进入无限循环的逻辑
不断反复印证的真理
周围留下凌乱的痕迹
隐藏着谋杀的证据

黑夜 把光线都扯断
习惯 被突发的事件扰乱
脆弱的人类 情感在泛滥
昏暗又迷乱

还以为在链的顶端
却不知早已被链贯穿

在单维度空间之外
以另一种形式存在
以万物最初的形态
却并非意外

黑夜 把光线都扯断
习惯 被突发的事件扰乱
脆弱的人类 情感在泛滥
昏暗又迷乱

还以为在链的顶端
却不知早已被链贯穿
Track Name: Not What It Seems
NOT WHAT IT SEEMS
lyrics: C. Yehaiyahan

仅此一次 我把一切都给你
Only this time I gave you everything
仅此一次 我只想要给予
Only this time I just want to give
仅此一次 不需要 身体
Only this time the body is not needed
也许 交换 灵魂就可以
Maybe you can exchange your soul

我给你皮鞭 也给你锁链
I'll give you the whip, and give you the chains
我给你瞬间的改变
I'll give you an instant change
你给我燃烧 你给我火焰
You give me burns, you give me fire
你给我刺穿心脏的剑
You give me a sword-pierced heart

我给你疯癫 我给你舌尖
I'll give you insane, I'll give you my tongue
我给你堕落的眼线
I'll give you smudged eyeliner

你给我拥抱 回应我舌尖
You give me hugs, respond to my tongue
你给我刺穿心脏的剑
You give me a sword-pierced heart