BAO Releases Debut Album “Perpetual Heartbreak”: Streaming
- Los Angeles-based musician BAO released his debut album “Perpetual Heartbreak” on October 9, 2020.
Each of 14-track is a snapshot of the subject matter BAO is most passionate about: interpersonal relationships, culture and identity (mostly Asian American identity), and mental health.
BAO is known as a member of Asian American electronic pop band Ming & Ping, who has released five albums and a slew of EPs and singles over a decade.
BAO said of the album, “The aesthetic of this album was driven by the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi, which Wikipedia defines as 'the acceptance of transience and imperfection.' Wabi-sabi actually goes beyond that to include intentional imperfection. That's been my vibe for a long time as a person and a creative. I had three influential records that I wanted to fuse together into a musical love-child: Face Value by Phil Collins for it's tight vocal hooks, emotive performance, and innovative production. Jon Brion's soundtrack to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for its very human production, dirty recordings, and super emotional/visual instrumentals. As well as Starboy by The Weeknd and Daft Punk, for its mashup of vintage dance instrumentals with fucked-up lyrics.”
He continued, “I love that I can weave different stories about my past romances, my immigrant roots, and my Asian American community all together into this theme. It takes effort to affect positive change, but it's also necessary to just soak in the sadness sometimes. Sadness is something that one needs to be processed.”
- source : Apple Music