Single Review: Dzian!- “Gong Xi, We Are Happy”

February 3, 2012

Sometimes, there’s a band that seems almost too good to be true.  And Dzian! are exactly that, a group making music so thrilling and infectious that I want to play it for everyone I know.

They’re an ensemble that exhume the neglected idioms of 60s Asian pop, add a healthy dose of indigenous folk music, and perform with a sensibility that’s joyous and all-inclusive.  Taiwanese garage rock, Thai go-go, Japanese traditional songs recast as driving surf instrumentals…  They do it all, blending these myriad cultures into one glorious multicolored stew of sound.

And they’ve just released a new single, a traditional Chinese New Year song entitled Gong Xi, We Are Happy.  It’s a fun groove, mid-tempo and danceable, with bi-lingual lyrics and a wild swirl of instrumentation.  Violin, electric keyboard, guitar, and bass all take their turn in the spotlight, while the drums set the pace and hold the whole production together.

It’s a really catchy tune, and it’s available for purchase in digital format from the Dzian! Bandcamp site, along with their earlier (and quite essential) EP, Ali Shan A’ Go-Go.  I heartily recommend clicking the links above, and buying both…  For $5, you can get their entire discography to date, and improve your life with a dose of vintage-styled Asia-pop brilliance.

Dzian’s official website can be found here.  Check it out, listen to the music, watch the videos, and see them play live whenever you get a chance.

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