Rainbow Chan joins UNDR Ctrl, unleashes video for Nest
The sounds of Tei Shi and Solange Knowles meet on Rainbow Chan's new single Nest.
I know this expression gets thrown around a lot, but Sydney-via-Hong Kong singer-songwriter Rainbow Chan is an artist everyone should be keeping a keen eye (or ear) on in 2016. Following on from last year's deeply experimental, organ-filled buffet Fruit, Nest sees Rainbow Chan take on a sound that blends the vocal prowess of Tei Shi with the bright percussion of Solange Knowles à la Losing You, however, does so in a way that does not feel like it is intruding in the sound of either party. With Nest, Rainbow Chan spotlights her sensational vocal talents, which when paired with the lyric's touching narrative on a failed relationship, creates a song that is soft and appealing to the ear yet at the same time, emotionally powerful. Despite the obvious highlight that is Chan's vocal work, Nest isn't a single that ignores the instrumental - opening with a tribal-sounding keyboard sample, Nest's beat is driven by a simplistic percussion line, which serves as a backbone under dark synth chords and light melodies, crammed with samples of music boxes and keyboards. Nest comes with the announcement that the multi-instrumentalist has signed to management company/all-round legends UNDR Ctrl, further solidifying 2016 as the Rainbow Chan's year.