Leah Dou / A Swim In The Love That You Give Me

Bangkok Post - - MUSIC -

Al­though she made her first foray into mu­sic way back in 2011, it wasn’t until five years later that Leah Dou was fi­nally recog­nised for her tal­ent in her na­tive China. Born to leg­endary Chi­nese artists Dou Wei and Faye Wong, the win­ner of two QQ Mu­sic Awards (New Fe­male Artist of the Year and Most Searched Artist of the Year) is the ge­nius be­hind the avant-pop bril­liance of stel­lar records like Stone Café and Kids

Only. Her lat­est cut, A Swim In The Love That You Give Me, sees Dou em­brac­ing the ex­per­i­men­tal spirit of her last sin­gle, Is­land Love, all the while plung­ing deeper into the pool of at­mo­spheric sam­ples — tem­ple bells and static noise here, whooshes and what sounds like a Chi­nese dizi flute there. In the windswept back­drop, a cas­sette tape play­ing faint gui­tars stops short, in­ten­si­fy­ing the trip-hop sound­scape punc­tu­ated by cryptic whis­pers of “love is all that’s there” and “pas­sive si­lence di­a­monds”. Son­i­cally com­plex and tex­tured, this genre-de­fy­ing gem de­serves to be heard ev­ery­where.

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