VIDEO PREMIERE: RAINBOW CHAN’S ‘PILLAR’
There is an electricity about Rainbow Chan. With vibrancy channelled as a vocalist, producer, composer, mentor and curator—the magnetic field of Rainbow Chan holds a bolt of energy you can’t ignore. Today, the artist releases the music video for her latest release ‘Pillar,’ a testament to the downfall of ego and a call to build anew.
‘Pillar’ is an exploration of life’s fragility captured through the delicate dance between mind and body. Captured by Sydney motion graphic artist Craig S-R with a crew of local creative talent, the visuals for ‘Pillar’ show a vivid disassociation closely aligned with notions of surrealism.
“When you’re overwhelmed by fear, trauma or sadness, you sort of disintegrate for a moment and it comes in waves, you know? I personally feel that once you acknowledge your own mortality, and that you can’t be strong all the time, there’s a certain freedom which comes with that understanding,” explains Chan.
The track’s visuals showcase that freedom as a saving grace, a fluidity to move out of a self-made jailhouse. Rainbow Chan’s ‘Pillar’ is a nod to catharsis.
The alliance between her glitchy beats and candied melodies is an ode to the artist’s idiosyncratic brand of pop, powered by the rich artistic lineage that precedes her. The multi-disciplinary artist is a euphonic champion in her projects as Rainbow Chan, chunyin and DIN: a buttered creative overflow.
If we tether it all together, an undeniable distinction is born that ensues the artist’s palate. “I feel like people are very multifaceted. It seems natural to me to explore more genres without being a real purist,” Chan laughs.
“I’m not your typical artist that has one sort of thing and goes for it, that goes on tours. I mean props to them, it would be amazing. But I feel like I’m just a bit too distracted to be able to put all my eggs in one basket.”
Attuned to experiences of diaspora, Rainbow Chan explores her Chinese heritage and its links to mistranslation in a Western landscape. With live appearances at Sydney Opera House, Iceland Airwaves and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and more—Rainbow Chan’s electricity flows extensively across music, performance and installation.
The artists’ Chinese melodic structures level up in her upcoming album, as traces of Mandarin and the Weitou dialect belonging to Chan’s ancestry are weaved throughout its tracks. The sounds and visuals of Chinese culture are honoured in her upcoming compilation.
“It is a sneak peek into reinvigorating language and knowledge, I have turned a lullaby into a club track. It’s trying to challenge the stereotypes of something that’s Indigenous, that people believe to belong in museum. It’s an awakening.”
Rainbow Chan’s ten track album will be released on June 28 on vinyl and online.
Watch ‘Pillar’ now and experience the powerful tale of release, and a taste for what’s to come.