Ian Chang

Ian Chang
Ian Chang
Ian Chang

Ian Chang’s music is like a cyborg - part purring mechanism, part animate bio-mass rising from primordial ooze. From the tradition of Bjork, Burial, and Flying Lotus, and a member of bands Son Lux and Landlady in addition to his solo endeavors, Chang breathes a new kind of human vulnerability into electronica. His magic starts with his method: from an improvised foundation of sampled percussion, he follows the innate logic of a musical conversation, allowing his compositional forms to reveal themselves. Whereas on his EP Spiritual Leader (2017) Chang limited himself to capturing unedited performances without overdubs, his debut full-length album 属 Belonging (2020) finds Chang expanding his palate, burrowing deeper into a layered, symphonic subconscious. Reflecting the album's bottom-up, performance-as-composition construction, his music conveys an intuitive sense of wholeness, carrying its experimental ethos without pretense. 属 Belonging introduces a musical contradiction: complete yet ever-evolving, neighborly yet global, precise yet instinctive, familiar yet innovative. Ian Chang's debut both satisfies and challenges modern expectations of catchy electronica. May we find ourselves at home in the paradox.