Chinese Canadian indie-folk musician Tennyson King is on fire! Last month, the musician released the single “生命的进度” (Sheng Ming De Jin Du), which I was in love with its simple yet gorgeous arrangements, intricate melodies, and earthy vocals. This month, King is back with a new single entitled “自在” (Zi Zai). Here is what the artist had to say about the single:
自在, pronounced Zi Zai, means “Free” in Chinese. This summer anthem was originally written in English on the beaches of the Dominican Republic and Australia, sun-soaked and surfing the waves. Inspired by feeling the sense of freedom that comes with the energy of the ocean and the power of the sun. Tennyson worked with Hover Chan, founding member of China’s premiere Indie Rock band Golden Cage, to translate and recreate this song with Chinese lyrics, sung in Mandarin.
“自在” is another song to fall in love with because it is such a gorgeous tune. It features King’s earthy vocals that are very relaxing and smooth. There are very interesting synthesizer solos during the instrumental breaks that are enjoyable. This synthesizer is accompanied by a mellow acoustic guitar which adds texture. Don’t forget to check out the electric guitar during the break as it is something completely different, but goes along with the rest of the instrumentation so well. This electric guitar solo brings variety as well as depth.
Tennyson King’s newest tune is a must-listen as it a gorgeous tune with King’s relaxing, feel-good vocals, the mellow instrumentation, and most importantly, the message found inside the lyrics. Be sure to check out ” 自在” by Tennyson King down below and let me know what you think in the comments!
About the Artist: Tennyson King
The international touring act, Tennyson King, is rapidly gathering fans all over the world.
Born in Hong Kong, raised in Canada, this nomadic musician brings a jovial personality to
the stage. He captures audiences – first with his reverberant, edgy sound and then with his
humorous stories of life-on-the-road. He often appears solo in great halls to small intimate
theatres stunning the crowd with stories of adventure and travels while strumming
electrifying guitar sounds paired with silky vocal lines. Bring in the band on the big festival
stage and they create a huge sound sure to get everyone moving. Folk-rock infused with
earthy roots and pop subtly laced in psychedelic ear candy.
Having performed with such notable acts as Paul Dempsey, Paul Woseen, Yirrmal, Geoff
Achison, Clare Bowditch, Bashar Murad, Basia Bulat, The Jerry Cans, Whitehorse, Sloan,
Elliot Broode, and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Tennyson is accustomed to bringing the
‘wow’ factor to stages around the globe
Playing hundreds of shows all across Australia over multiple tours, having great success
with his tours across Hong Kong and Mainland China, and a host of sold-out shows on his
tour to Brasil, this Canadian artist is growing in popularity, not only in his home country but
worldwide. He has been invited to perform at festivals such as Shambala In Your Heart
(Thailand), Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival (Australia), Beaches Jazz Festival (Canada),
Island Folk Festival (Canada) to name a few.
Tennyson’s latest EP release Coast saw his first commercial radio airplay with The Wolf
and BobFM. The album also has great success with college, community, and CBC radio. His
music has been featured on CP24, CTV, CHCH, BalconyTV, Triple J radio (Australia), StadsFM
(Netherlands), Billboard Brasil, and KKbox (China).
If you’re looking for the place where your soul can be wild and your heavy-heart assuaged,
follow the sound of Tennyson’s crisp, round voice, as he plucks an electric chord and
hammers out a beat on the kick-drum. Tennyson is a true folk-rock nomad.