Reunited and it sounds so good
Childhood acquaintances explore subject of love in 'Teardrop
By Joe Nguyen, editor
Sept. 13, 2007
Some people are just meant to be together.
Three and a half out of four
Misha's John Chao and Ashley Yao grew up knowing each
other in Taipei, Taiwan before events moved them around
the world, according to their record label's website.
But after college, they found each other again in New
York, began dating and made beautiful music together.
Perhaps that’s why the duo's LP, Teardrop Sweetheart,
is a collection of lighthearted love songs that elicit
a spectrum of emotions. The group’s unique blend
of mellow melodies and charming lyrics carry listeners
through the ups and downs of a love.
The album opens with “Scars,” which features
Chao's subdued vocals accompanied by steady claps and
a simple bassline. Piano lines, horns and bright bell
strikes are layered to create a rich sound.
The best song on the album is “Summersend,”
a throwback to the 80s new-wave sound. Layered guitar
riffs set the melody while the rhythmic bassline plays.
Yao's vocals run parallel to Chao's lyrics, producing
aurally pleasing harmonies as the muddled lyrics lend
richness to the airy sound.
“Delovedly” opens with a bright music box
melody, rattling clicks and a muffled drum bass before
Chao's voice enters. Rich, high-pitched strings accompany
Yao's voice. The electric piano and the bassline become
more prominent as a steady hi-hat rhythm begin, giving
the song a lounge-esque sound.
Love is a fickle subject that has been trotted on by
everyone in every genre. What sets Teardrop Sweetheart
apart is Misha’s avoidance of a cookie-cutter sound.
Rather, they tackle the theme while producing sounds that
are solely their own.
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Joe Nguyen is the editor in chief
for AsiaXpress.com. Joe can be reached at email@example.com.