Julien Chang Shares “Sweet Obsolete” Live
Julien Chang has today shared a live video recording of “Sweet Obsolete”; a jangly, haunting track that is brought to life in the 90’s indebted live video featuring his full band set-up. The track comes with a video, directed by Sophie Schieli.
“Sweet Obsolete” features on The Sale. which is out now on Transgressive Records, and includes the singles ‘Competition’s Friends’, ‘Marmalade’, ‘Time & Place’ and ‘Snakebit’. After his tour with Let’s Eat Grandma, Julien spent some time playing to audiences in the UK for Pitchfork London, as well as some dates in Bristol, Manchester and Brighton. Julien Chang writes music that tunnels toward a series of deeper truths, investigating everyday existentialism, love and life, art and the artist. Arriving in 2019 with his critically acclaimed album Jules, Chang set a precedent with his breezy, dreamy debut.
The prevailing theme of Julien Chang’s second full-length album The Sale is not reconciliation but rupture—between self and music, artwork and commodity, memory and reunion. Behind the lustrous sea-like surface of The Sale, unseen (but not unfelt!) critical currents move. They are moving your way and they are moving you. The name of this oceanographic phenomena is “estrangement” and it is the idea that marks the development of Chang’s music from 2019’s Jules. If Jules was “dreamy,” The Sale is the visionary dream-processing of love, late-capitalism, and problematics of artistic creation.
Recorded partially in his hometown of Baltimore and partially in his dorm room at Princeton, his new album Te is a homegrown effort with Chang playing all instruments, bar the odd exception of a few notable cameos from Baltimore locals, classmates and old friends. His new LP explores the discrepancy between two worlds, a struggle to get comfortable in either one of them, and ultimately an artistic fascination with this very struggle.
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