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Live Review: Rainbow Chan releases fluid head-bopper 'CSR' with a complimentary clip to match

22 October 2018 | 5:54 pm | Clare Neal

‘CSR’ is the newest single and second for the year from electronic-pop vocalist and producer RAINBOW CHAN, following previous release ‘Promises’. For those

‘CSR’ is the newest single, and second of the year, from electronic-pop vocalist and producer RAINBOW CHAN, following on from her previous release ‘Promises’. For those who are unfamiliar with this Sydney-via-Hong-Kong creative, it’s the perfect time to get yourself acquainted, as Chan is set to release a brand new LP come 2019.

Hypnotic and intelligent, Chan flows between English, Cantonese and Mandarin spoken word in her music, with ‘CSR’ being no exception. This track proves to be more lo-fi and less dream-pop compared to older Rainbow Chan releases, and more reminiscent of her other projects: Chunyin and DIN (a collaboration with artist Alex Ward). It’s a showcase of Chan’s versatility and evolution as an artist, as well as a polylinguistic challenger of the status quo of lyricism.


‘CSR’ had some mastering help from Brendan Zacharias and was otherwise written, produced, mixed and performed by Rainbow Chan. The track has an extremely complimentary, trippy, club-vibed, neon music video to match that was directed by Hyun Lee. Lee and Chan are long time collaborators, with Chan having starred in Lee’s horror short film Asian Girls, which premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

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The music video for ‘CSR’ is playful, sensual and bamboozling all at once, with scenes of kissing, laser lights, neon eyeliner and rooftop shenanigans blending with surprising cohesion to compliment the track’s musicality and set a carefree mood for viewers. It’s very pretty and full of power, much like the artist herself. We can’t wait to see what she puts out next.

Photo by Jonno Revanché