Track Of The Day 29/11 – mui zyu

'Rotten Bun'

mui zyu is engaging with a fantasy realm. Across a flurry of wonderful, enchanting solo cuts, the songwriter – in reality, Eva Liu of indie-rock band Dama Scout – has truly cast a spell, with her imaginative soundscapes blending with revealing lyricism.

New album ‘Rotten Bun For An Eggless Century’ is out on February 24th, and it’s shaping up to be something quite magical. Lead single ‘Ghost With A Peach Skin’ alerted fans to her promise, and new song ‘Rotten Bun’ takes this still further.

Oozing past the boundaries in her way, the song finds mui zyu engaging with free flowing creativity. A dream pop soundscape that is riddled with imagination and originality, ‘Rotten Bun’ takes you close to the fantastical core of her incoming record.

Sweetly melodic, the sweeping arrangement has a finesse’d narrative thrust, with mui zyu using her voice as a finely tuned instrument. She comments…

“‘Rotten Bun’ brings us into the fantasy world where the record is set. Me, you, us, we, ‘the protagonist’ – takes in their surroundings of mouldy vegetation, witchcraft, magic and demons. The ‘rotten bun’ refers to the rotting heart of the lonesome warrior. We have to overcome these initial fiends who mock, bully, hurt by becoming strong enough whereby we are unaffected by their ‘rotten tongues’…”

A bit like a tutorial to a video-game where you are guided through the introduction and still have to destroy a final boss as part of your training. Lots of the metaphors in the record have been inspired by Chinese folklore in particular Pu Songlin’s Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio.”

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Holly Whitaker

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