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Uncontrollable, Ice Age Stories
Dear Eloise's fourth full-length release, signifies a deep freeze in the band's long trek of hazed, ice-glazed world weariness. It's their winter record.
The overarching theme of UIAS is solitude, the icy mirror of memoir. From the very first track, "Apple", it's clear that some once-sweet fruit has turned bitter with age. Promises of new beginnings fade with startling speed, like a dazzling first snow shoved off into gray piles on bleak city sidewalks ("A Brand New World"). Sun Xia's doleful voice recalls faceless lovers, gone in gray dusk light on the first train out of town ("A Man Without Name"). She mourns rootlessness ("Falling Like Leaves"), travels winter paths lined with naked trees, slowly moving away from the hearth ("There is an Invisible Road"). The closest she gets to warm romance is on the C-side closer, "Teenage Girl", in which she taunts her subject, "Your world is so free / Love is in your dreamy beauty" before mocking with the wisdom of the adult lover scorned: "Does the flower you care about blossom? / It's your own ego you're nursing."
Everyone in life is a "Passerby": "There are no real encounters." Just a martial, two-step dirge marking the way past the occasional flash of brilliance ("The Place in White Light"), forever ending in a distant fiction, someone else's sculpture of your own stone-cold facade ("My Far East").
Ultimately, Uncontrollable, Ice Age Stories offers a sober message of hope: after the cold there is still a type of fleeting joy, the "Summer Night Smile" smiled for no one in the somber escape of solitary reflection.
01 苹果 Apple
02 美丽新世界 Brand New World
03 翠堤春晓 Spring Day in Green Bank
04 没有名字的人 Man Without Name
05 白光照耀的地方 The Place in White Light #click to listen#
06 可以分享的美好事情 Something Beautiful to Share
07 我的远东 My Far East
08 像树叶般飘零 Falling Like Leaves
09 少女时光 Teenager Girl
10 过客 Passerby
11 夏夜的微笑 Smile in Summer Night
12 无心人 A Man without a heart
13 那里有一条看不见的路 There Is An Invisible Road
Release date: December 22nd, 2015