FIFI RONG brings her own brand of lush tunes care of new release Violently Silently…
One of the more surprising music acts to emerge in recent years comes in the form of FIFI RONG, whose sultry vocals have invited listeners into her unique world of ethereal soundscapes and dark dreams.
Originally hailing from Bejing, Fifi has crafted her own unique style as part of the London music scene. Encompassing a broad range of influences, including electronica, dub and hip hop, the singer, songwriter and producer has already chalked up an impressive series of releases, including the 2014 EP Next Pursuit. She also contributed to Tricky’s 2013 False Idols album.
Her latest release comes in the form of a crowdfunded EP titled Violently Silently which was funded by PledgeMusic. A relatively new crowdfunding resource, PledgeMusic specialises in focusing on music (previous notable artists include OMD, Echo & The Bunnymen and IAMX). Fifi drummed up a surge of support for her initiative with some enticing rewards and goodies for early pledgers and easily smashed her crowdfunding goal.
The result of this effort is another fine collection of hypnotic tunes that showcase Fifi’s soulful vocals and offers reflective moods as well as brighter pop moments.
Opening track ‘Intro’ weaves in elements of the other tracks on the release, offering up a captivating overture for the EP as a whole. ‘Once’ adds brighter, poppier colours to Fifi’s musical palette with its insistent rhythms and subtle synths.
There’s a tighter feel to the stylish percussive trills of ‘Slow Poison’ with its marimba touches and playful piano. Meanwhile, the languid strings of ‘Since When’ opens up an immersive world of lush soundscapes – offering up the perfect foundations for Fifi’s mesmerising vocals.
The suitably named ‘Outro’ closes proceedings, an electronic dub collage of mood with sparse percussive effects.
The whole affair has a warm and smooth production care of Fifi herself along with mixing by Lee Slater (who has previously worked with artists as diverse as MIA, Tynchy Strider, Pixie Lott and Lana Del Rey).
Fifi also has a Violently Silently launch gig planned for next week offering the perfect opportunity to catch her in live performance.
Violently Silently is released on 4th December.
Fifi Rong’s Violently Silently official EP launch performance is on Tuesday 24th November 2015 (7:00pm – 11:00pm) with special guests Geeta + Aria.
Upstairs at The Garage
20-22 Highbury Crescent
Publications that have featured his contributions include Electronic Sound, Metro, Japan Update Weekly, J-Pop Go, Wavegirl and OMD Messages.