Ian Chang has shared a second track from his debut full-length record; “Lion Dance” a track that highlights his energetic blend of percussive prowess and hyper-sonic electronics by the Son Lux member.
“This was the last song I made for the album, so it still feels very fresh to me” Lang remarks about the track. “The initial inspiration came from the lilting rhythms of a drummer on a Chinese New Year Lion Dance video I found on YouTube. His playing is so driving yet fluid and relaxed, so I based the rhythmic backbone of this song on that.”
“The instrumentation was also inspired by Lion Dance music, which usually consists of a percussion ensemble called 锣鼓 playing drums and gongs. I started to feel a sonic kinship between this and Swarm (a track on the album consisting completely of drum samples melodically tuned), so I ended up sampling short drum bursts from Swarm to bring this one to life.”
“The result sounds like a choir of drums cascading freely from every beat, blurring the line between rhythm and melody.”
“Lion Dance” comes almost exactly a month after the release of “Audacious“, which highlighted Chang’s unique, expressive approach to percussion – with comparisons that Chang is “leading a cyborg – part purring mechanism, part animate bio-mass rising from the primordial ooze.“