Without music, life is bland and uninspired.
We always have our ears to the ground in our search of new, interesting music. In this edition of Neocha Roundups, we take a look at Taiwan’s music scene to introduce ten Taiwanese music acts that should be on your radar. From rock and hip-hop to electronic and folk, no matter your taste or mood, we’ve got you covered.
我们总是走在发掘新音乐的路上，这次 “Neocha 精选集” 集合了十组值得关注的台湾独立乐团，他们的曲风各异，从摇滚、嘻哈、电子、到民谣，适合各种心情的你。
No Party For Cao Dong
Who said today’s youth haven’t tasted hardship? No Party For Cao Dong creates melodic, danceable tracks that contrast with the snide sarcasm of their lyrics. Despite their age, they seem to have already experienced their share of bitterness, perceptively observing society’s dark side and using music to stand up to the world.
This is a band that makes people fall in love. Moving, dreamy, and romantic, Sunset Rollercoaster‘s addictive sound tinges the world with a sunset orange glow. From their debut album, Bossa Nova, to the recently released Cassa Nova, their style has evolved, and they’ve now blossomed into a mature band.
“这是一支让人恋爱的乐队”。他们浩浩荡荡用音乐将世界染上一大片夕阳般的橘红色，梦幻的旋律、浪漫的编曲，听落日飛車是会上瘾的。从第一张专辑《Bossa Nova》到刚刚推出的《Cassa Nova》，风格是转变许多，也成为了越来越成熟的乐队。
After a name change to deca joins (a combination of the words “decadent” and “decaffeination”), the band formerly known as FUBAR (and at one point Gray Dwarf Star) continues to use music to express their youthful vigor. Comforting and contemplative, their music is filled with the raw emotions that make up our lives: helplessness, hope, joy, mourning, and everything in between.
名字换了又换，从 FUBAR、灰矮星、到现在的 deca joins (取自decadent 颓废＋decaffeination 无咖啡因的组合字)，他们还是这么一群诚实用音乐来抒发生活的青年。他们借着音乐抚慰人心，唱的歌就像你我的生活，有无奈有希望，有欢乐也有哀愁。
Math rock is an experimental style of rock, characterized by complex rhythms and irregular time signatures. On initial listen, it may sound chaotic and dissonant, but emerging from the chaos, there’s a harmony that’s precisely calculated. In Taiwan, Elephant Gym has proven itself to be at the forefront of the genre.
The slogan, “Sleep all day and rage all night,” embodies the spirit of hip-hop duo Yeemao. Signed to KAO!INC, the same independent hip-hop label that signed Soft Lipa, Yeemao consists of Leo Wang and Chun Yan, two 90’s-born rappers who are gaining a loyal following with their playful twist of hip-hop.
Muddy Basin Ramblers
Muddy Basin Ramblers is a group of UK and US nationals living in Taiwan whose genre-blending sound mixes folk, blues, and swing. Using clay pots and metal bins as musical instruments, their performances are raucous, out-of-control parties that need to be experienced in person.
Angry Youth creates music that’s grounded in reality. Forgoing the sappy pop ballads of mainstream music, they bellow out high-octane anthems inspired by their personal life experiences. What really makes them stand out are their riotous live performances.
“You can hear them, but you can’t see them.” That’s the idea behind naming the band Cicada. Using classical string instruments, pianos, acoustic guitars, and an array of other instruments, this large ensemble composes poetically beautiful songs about Taiwan’s great outdoors. From mountains and the ocean to fauna and flora, Cicada’s music explores the relationships between the island’s natural forces.
“能听到牠们的声音，却看不见其形体” 是 Cicada (蝉) 名字的含义，由古典弦乐、钢琴、木吉他等乐器组成的多人编制乐团，曲风温柔而诗意，娓娓道出台湾这座岛屿与大自然、海洋、动植物生命之间的关系。