Sunsets and rollercoasters are likely to emit polarly reverse emotions; the previous radiates heat and tranquillity whereas the latter is a rush of adrenaline. And but, Sunset Rollercoaster someway effortlessly seam the 2 collectively via their music.
In a mix of synth-pop and dreamy 80s-inspired sounds, the Taiwanese indie act has been making music that they completely describe as “bittersweet”. Relaying tales of affection and blossoming romance, the band’s tracks are like a comforting blanket throughout a thunderstorm.
Hailing from Taipei, Sundown Rollercoaster began as “pals messing round with devices and DAWs” in 2008, taking their identify from a photograph filter on Apple’s Picture Sales space. The band absolutely took type three years with the discharge of their first-ever album Bossa Nova earlier than taking a four-year-long hiatus within the early 2010s.
Comprising of Kuo-Heng Tseng (vocals, guitar), Hung-Li Chen (bass), Shao-Hsuan Wang (keyboard), Tzun-Lung (drums), and Hao-Ting Huang (saxophone), the band returned to the scene in 2016 with their present lineup and has been releasing hit after hit ever since.
Sundown Rollercoaster made their long-awaited comeback with Jinji Kikko, a three-track EP that marked a brand new starting for the band. Taking over a synth-filled soundscape, the report was a step in a brand new sonic course that shied away from the closely storage rock-inspired sound from their earlier launch.
A mixture of soul and psychedelic music, Jinji Kikko is one in every of Sundown Rollercoaster’s most profitable data up to now, receiving each native and worldwide acclaim. The EP takes on a romantic sci-fi idea, narrating the story of a pair’s second probability of fixing their relationship via time journey soundtracked by a refreshing soundscape of synth-pop, funk and jazz harking back to retro American music.
Essentially the most well-received monitor from Jinji Kikko is ‘My Jinjji’, which roughly interprets to “my child” within the context of Jon Lucien, a soul singer from the 70s. Years after its launch, the monitor continues to resonate with individuals all internationally, amassing over 32 million streams on Spotify and near 1,000,000 views for the track’s newly launched music video.
“We’re fortunate that the Web world began to provide us consideration round 2016 after we launched our EP Jinji Kikko, so we began to tour around the globe, and we now have a great deal of inspirations to make these implausible recollections and experiences into music,” Kuo tells Bandwagon.
Bouncing off the success of the EP, Sundown Rollercoaster launched their sophomore album Cassa Nova in March 2018. Following the story of its predecessor, Cassa Nova tells the story of a man in love with Jinji Kikko. The album takes on a brand new perspective of the love story followers fell in love with within the earlier EP, whereas concurrently increasing the band’s funk and synth-heavy sound.
Most not too long ago, Sundown Rollercoaster has been collaborating with a variety of artists from all around the area, from Korea’s Oh Hyuk from HYUKOH, to Thailand’s Gym and Swim, in addition to Filipino-American act Michael Seyer.
“To us, making music is like speaking with individuals, so collaborating with different artists is like having high quality conversations, and we will share the speak via music to the world. It’s like sharing our residence particular dishes of scrumptious meals, it’s totally different, recent, thrilling, and makes individuals joyful,” says Kuo.
The band collaborated with Oh Hyuk on ‘Candlelight’, and on ‘Passerby’ with Michael, each of that are from their newest album SOFT STORM, and whereas they labored on ‘Do not Depart Me Behind’ with Gymnasium and Swim.
SOFT STORM is the band’s newest launch and their first try at a revamped sound they describe as “nostalgic futurism”. The album was launched in October 2020 and served as a glimmer of sunshine throughout a darkish, pandemic-ridden season in Taiwan’s indie scene. Comforting, candy and groovy, the report is a musical reminder of energy and empathy throughout a grim time.
Very like their earlier releases, the album takes on a vivid idea – this time centred across the impression of storms on people and a eager for peace throughout the chaos. Impressed by their childhood recollections of monsoon seasons in Taiwan, SOFT STORM makes an attempt to attach listeners to 1 one other as they take a journey in direction of a brighter future.
“It’s melancholic and calm, the music is just like the quietness earlier than the storm,” Kuo on their newest report.
Whereas Sundown Rollercoaster’s early days had been that of a literal rollercoaster full highs and lows, the band is simply beginning to make their imprint on the earth of music. With followers from all corners of the globe and a discography in contrast to every other, the one means is up.
Take heed to Sundown Rollercoaster’s SOFT STORM right here: