CONNIE CHANG GANG
"We discuss her new EP, Chang Blood, which was produced by the great Erik Blood (Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, Tacocat). Her mode is a space age futurism with lyrics that express the complexities and interconnections of life in a globalized world in startling and original ways. The work is also packed with references to Korean popular culture."
— Charles Mudede, The Stranger
Hot on the platform heels of her debut single “Another Countdown Begins,” dance-pop newcomer Connie Chang has dropped Chang Blood, a six-song EP of pulsing, synth-driven collaborations with producer Erik Blood (Shabazz Palaces, Tacocat), featuring vibey artwork by Jordan Rundle.
Opening with a lush rendition of the traditional Korean folk song “Arirang,” this collection of songs full of heartbreak, desire, and disillusionment showcases Chang’s contemplative, vulnerable side. “My pining for you won’t stop / your name on every teardrop” she sings over a slinking, sensual bassline on “Equal Opportunist.” On “Low Dark Midnight,” a muted ecclesiastical organ swells beneath a garden of needly synths, mirroring the cryptic subtlety of the song’s lovelorn lyrics.
On “Dawn to Dust,” Chang waxes apocalyptic about natural disasters, the global refugee crisis, and “our president celebrity host.” For Chang, who grew up in Los Angeles’s Koreatown after her mother immigrated to the US, these current events hit close to home. Citing astronaut Peggy Whitson as a personal hero, Chang finds inspiration in the possibility that technology can be developed to resonate with humanity’s nurturing, communal aspects. “I’m interested in what connects us,” she says, “and gives us hope that we can save ourselves.”
Like a beacon of cosmic light shot to Earth from humanity’s distant future home, Connie Chang has come with a mission: to get the sci-fi geeks dancing.
“I grew up dreaming of going to space, and that dream is closer than ever to being a reality,” she says. Born and raised in Los Angeles’s Koreatown and lifting off from high-tech Seattle, Chang draws creative inspiration from her hero, astronaut Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station.
Connie Chang Gang’s first video and single Another Countdown Begins drops on February 9 in honor of Peggy Whitson’s birthday. Produced by Blair Wells (Solange, A Tribe Called Quest) and featuring saxophone from Stutzmcgee (Casey Benjamin from the Robert Glasper Experiment), Another Countdown Begins cruises through a stylish utopia where technology has been developed to resonate with humanity’s nurturing, communal aspects. It’s an optimistic vision, but it’s only ours if we reach for it.
“Science fiction is real, the future is here.”