LANTERN FESTIVAL

by Lantern Festival

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Lantern Festival is a solo project of Jonny Clement Brown, a Hong Kong-Londoner by way of Beijing.

"A real gem in the midst of dream pop and indie music. Brooding yet playful, it’s been a while since an artist of this genre has come close to capturing the honest and personal innovation in musical style that Lantern Festival has done." - The Underground HK

"A debut that sparkles with intricate arrangements and surefooted orchestration with finely constructed melodies that recall the innocence of Beach Boys-era love pop. It’s a tasty, dreamy LP that successfully mixes a retro-pop spirit with modern sonic depth." - Time Out Beijing

"Though many try, few artists pull off an authentic Orientalist sound, mainly because they lean on Western musical stereotypes and notions of exoticism that are long outdated. That’s what impresses about Hong Kong-born Lantern Festival (aka Jonny Brown), who manages to strike a new balance in aesthetic with his brand of Asian dream wave." - That's Beijing Mags

"A blast of Technicolor-pop that seamlessly blends Oriental elements with Pet Sounds-era psychedelic sun-drenched pop with an electronic bent." - livebeijingmusic.com

Lantern Festival是从其前身:Proxy留下的灰烬中诞生的。Proxy是一个伦敦的地下先锋乐队,曾经和Island Records有过短暂的合约,在其约下发过一张单曲及一张录音室专辑。单曲的名字叫“Jet Lag”[2007],曾经赢得过XFM的Zane Lowe新秀比赛,并被MTV2播放。但是在一次简短的英国巡演,包括一次在纽约的亮相以后,乐队就解散了,接下去Brown的音乐人生就进入了一次相当长的“迷失周末”。 其后,带着两个采样器和一张飞机票,LF在2011年春节期间来到了北京,此程他有这样一个使命:用吉他、卡西欧键盘以及中国老唱片的采样,来表现自己文化混合的基因,创作出这样一种声音——仿佛一个人在全新但又似曾相识的领域游荡。 自2011年以来,LF点点滴滴地在网上发布作品,逐渐渗透了这样一种风格:有沉思性的、慢摇式的乐曲,期间点缀着东方韵味的旋律。他的音乐于是在网上赢得了相当的喜爱:
2011年的时候,双A面单曲Bamboo Babies/ Mutual Crush出现在了Bandcamp网站上,并提供免费下载。诸如The Drums(纽约),Boxed In(伦敦)包括 Golden Glow(曼彻斯特)等乐队都表示了支持。

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released December 16, 2013

All songs by Jonny Clement Brown

Produced by Oli Bayston & JCB

Cover photo: “Early Morning Visitor” by JCB.

Processing: Andreas Brooks

Jingweir Records (JW014)

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Track Name: Between The Screens
do you have to do you have to blow out the lovely light that fills the shaded room up the loveliest shade is one that baits the heat and he said no no no no no no no no hasn't a clue i need to i need to get away from here the chink in armour makes me makes me want to fly away into a screen and i said no no no no no no no no haven't a clue i fought you as the law you found me caught off guard when i came to on the floor id fought you between the screens yeah he looked in he looked into my squared eyes a pixelated two-face the square eyes you promised me they never came i said i now know know know now know know know taking my cue i fought you as the law you found me caught off guard when i came to on the floor id fought you between the screens
Track Name: Mutual Crush
whats to say you love me baby from your flirt i might love you so oh no and if these sticks and stones have broken our bones now baby who's to say this mutual crush is doomed if you have it your way then i can have it my way the dirty texts you sent me will forever be on my mind if i have it my way then you can have it your way the dirty texts i sent you well you know it never happened this suspense is killing me now baby who's to say this mutual crush is doomed but the truth is you don't want it your way and i don't want it my way a ring on every finger except the one that begs to differ driving these distractions sinful satisfactions riddled with your virus are my sunday best affections for you to let me in your heart's all i want to do for you to let me in your heart's all i want to do i really don't know what to do i really don't know what to do
Track Name: Delay No More
looking out at space thinking steps from grace to turn a page to spend one's wage so drunk and dumb feeling good but numb and crippled inside what a generous god running round like carousels to feel some cheap emotion spinning round the spiders web the patterns of sensations how the hell did i get these it says made in china in chinese discard then bin just don't give in and i thank you jinsong your milk teeth have all gone wrong but you made me believe when id lost all belief running round like carousels to feel some cheap emotion time gets squashed like finger traps and chemical solutions running round like carousels to feel some cheap emotion you'll never grow up will you looking out at space each step from grace looking out in front each step is an affront delay no more delay no more
Track Name: Bamboo Babies
now it's out of my control my body's on a roll i'm just another bamboo baby faith you never knew the truth now what am i to do guess some things are just meant to be auto immune systems malfunctioning so how does the sky taste when its falling in what if what if i told you now that our kids may find out they might conceive bamboo babies truth the truth be told i'm scared so scared to tell the truth you might just quit and turn away auto immune systems malfunctioning so how does the sky taste when its falling in we will always be together don't you ever say no no we will always be together please don't you ever say no no we will always be together don't you ever say no no we will always be together if not for you then your kids but now it's out of my control i wanted to tell you guess some things are best kept secret the truth is never far away i never could quite say i'm just another bamboo baby auto immune systems malfunctioning so how does the sky taste when it's falling in these night life like critters are malfunctioning so how does the spine work when it's not working we will always be together don't you ever say no no we will always be together please don't you ever say no no we will always be together don't you ever say no no we will always be together if not for you then your kids
Track Name: Little Immortals
those little immortals feast on me till i'm dead let them drink and fill their tiny bloody bellies i'm fearful to tread in a person's haunt i build a court of jet engine noise i hear not how do they leave me without no trace seclude my heart secluded place so i try to be a man so i tried with other plans so i try to be a man think i could think i can but those little immortals feast on me till i'm dead let them drink and fill their tiny bloody bellies i'm fearful to tread in a person's haunt i build a court of jet engine noise i hear not why does it freak me out like this seclude my heart seclude my bliss so i try to be a man so i tried with other plans so i tried to be a man think i could think i can so i try to be a man so i tried with other plans so i tried to be a man think i could think i can
Track Name: The Pan Yuda
when rituals begin salute my heaven hair and blood and skin specific sounds within i'm state controlled and whacked the reds they cut to black when all is burned to ground my harvest will resound at midnight to the light huge lanterns fight for life such little air up there and now i'm fighting for my life i'll post it on your wall a tell tale sign for all we never could quite come sit down and have it out all could we pretend to imagine all plots go through her grin lies and truth and spin i'm fucked on this here whim and state controlled and whacked i'm never coming back my forever greatest skill suckling powdered milk at midnight to the light huge lanterns fight for life such little air up there and now i'm fighting for my life i'll post it on your wall a tell tale sign for all we never could quite come sit down and have it out at all could we yeah you'll never need it you'll never need it you want you pan yuda i want you now yeah you'll never need it you'll never need it we want the pan yuda but don't know how yeah you'll never need it you'll never get it you want me pan yuda i want you now
Track Name: Milky Way Blues (Stereo)
rhythm under moonlight silhouettes wanna join me dancing bright in ancient silhouettes won't you need me when we were the best of strangers we were so damn tasty when we were the worst of lovers we were just so damn greedy and now i think i'm over you i can i do move freely but every time i get with someone else i cant help comparing oh i wonder what it must feel like to be frozen in ice for ages
Track Name: Shining Door Star
my heart is a thick dollop of glue and i'm traveling at the speed of light in tubes trying to get the message to you my shining door star i'm sending out an email to you a sino western viral heart attack something you can forward on your shining door star how long will this thing take to get through and everything is made in sweet china glory western empire has gone forever you tell me what you want me to do like an ancient ceremonial state address just stop me when i look confused i'm coming up now i just cant seem to concentrate you just don't get the point of this i'm reeling round with tons of bliss what did you say come on take my hand if you block me then i'll have to block you it's the clicking that empowers us to do judge you before we shake hands what have we become so i'm hiring these celestial slaves to cut the keys i need for attention the chaos of a wingless flight is never pretty could be anywhere or anyhow so what the fuck are we supposed to do as we grow out of our dark ages just keep turning pages i just cant seem to concentrate you just don't get the point of this i'm reeling round with tons of bliss what did you say come on take my hand