From The Desk Of Rainbow Chan: Rice

RainbowChanLogoSydney pop songstress by way of Hong Kong, Rainbow Chan records her music in the same place that her zany garb and shoes reside: her closet. After realizing her original artistic focus of being an oh-so-experimental singer/songwriter was not for her, Chan turned to something a little more her: infectious pop music out of left field. What resulted from this genre jump is the Long Vacation EP (Silo Arts), which is named after a 1996 Japanese TV drama. She claims the inspiration for the six tracks consist of, but not limited to, glockenspiels and music boxes, Frédéric Chopin and Steve Reich, girl groups and electronics, Hong Kong pop, Shanghai jazz, American rhythm ‘n’ blues and Japanese television theme songs. Chan will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all this week. Read our brand new feature on her.

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Chan: If there is one thing that I will never get sick of, it is a bowl of hot jasmine rice. I always feel a sense of home when I eat rice. In fact, I love rice so much I have recently asked my friend html flowers from Melbourne, who makes amazing zines and raps, to design a tattoo for me. It is a little line drawing of a Chinese girl with a pair of chopsticks, tucking into a bowl of rice, but I’ve been too scared to do it. But now that I’ve shared that with you, I can’t chicken out! Oh, and don’t tell my parents!

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From The Desk Of Rainbow Chan: Silfra Snorkeling

RainbowChanLogoSydney pop songstress by way of Hong Kong, Rainbow Chan records her music in the same place that her zany garb and shoes reside: her closet. After realizing her original artistic focus of being an oh-so-experimental singer/songwriter was not for her, Chan turned to something a little more her: infectious pop music out of left field. What resulted from this genre jump is the Long Vacation EP (Silo Arts), which is named after a 1996 Japanese TV drama. She claims the inspiration for the six tracks consist of, but not limited to, glockenspiels and music boxes, Frédéric Chopin and Steve Reich, girl groups and electronics, Hong Kong pop, Shanghai jazz, American rhythm ‘n’ blues and Japanese television theme songs. Chan will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all this week. Read our brand new feature on her.\]

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Chan: I travelled to Iceland to conduct some fieldwork for my Honours thesis on Icelandic music and landscape in 2010. Snorkeling in the Silfra (a narrow canyon where the American and European tectonic plates come apart) is the most incredible thing I have ever experienced. I wore a full body suit to protect me from the glacial waters, which were a chilling three degrees celsius! The water is clear, and you can see underwater up to 70m deep. Like crystal formations, the rocks that form in rift are jagged, multi-layered and haunting. Being submerged in water blocked all sound so I could only hear the sound of my heartbeat and everything seemed like it was in half time. It is one time in my life where I have felt complete peace.

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Film At 11: Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand is set to release its new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions, on August 27 via Domino. In the meantime, you can get your FF fix by watching the video for “Right Action.” Prepare to take a psychedelic trip through the graphic stylings of Pelikan in this clip directed by Jonas Odell. Watch it below.