French concession 法國租界 is the solo art-pop project of Ella Chau Yin Chi. Originally From Shanghai, Ella moved from Barcelona to Singapore, with time spent time in Nepal and Japan as well, before making her home in Waikuku Beach, New Zealand. Aside from her music, Ella is also involved in creating other art. She produces, directs, animates and edits her own music videos, she is currently experimenting on projects that merges computer science and art.
Her widespread travels, definitely influence her musical sound fusing her Hong Kong & New Zealand. Her 3rd EP Euphoros, released in 2015, has been described by New Zealand music journalist Martyn Pepperell as “ethereal dream pop vocals, glossy synthesiser arrangements and vivid syncopated beatscapes. Aesthetically recalling Darkbloom era Grimes and D’Eon, or even Miharu Koshi’s early Haruomi Hosono produced J-technopop sound.”
French Concession’s EP, Empress is a five collection, including the two singles “Moon Palace” and the title track “Empress”. Her blend of synth layers and dreamy beats with her voice like a signal from a near planet that consists of the art in Ella’s music has been compared to everyone from Kate Bush to Yoko Ono to Bat for Lashes