Update: Xiao He: ‘Silly’s Ballad’ Exhibition & Artbook Release Party
Part of my being completely remiss while I was taking a holiday meant that I missed announcing this event. Xiao He is set to release his new album this weekend at Great Leap Brewing — his first album in more than two years. As may be expected of Xiao He, however, this is no ordinary album. Dubbed a “musical artbook”, this new release is not only an album but an experience. The twelve-track album is accompanied by illustrations by Xiao He of twelve different leaves, inspired by his time spent in Zurich last year. The musical artbook also comes with a built-in MP3 player with custom-made headphones from 233621, which specialise in high-end noise-cancelling earbuds. It also includes a DVD with three music videos from three different Chinese arthouse directors: Yu Liwei, Yang Jin and Zhang Yuedong. The price is on the steep side — 488RMB (or 388RMB at the release party) — but the release is limited to 1000 copies, making it a very special release.
I know I’ve said that Xiao He is hit or miss in his live performances, but I must say that this artbook release is something special. Not only are you taking home a piece of Chinese indie folk music, you’re getting a work of art. Splurging on a piece of art and music coming together isn’t always easy to justify, but if you’ve liked Xiao He in the past, I definitely recommend it. Or else, just head to Great Leap Brewing and mull it over a microbrew.