“Rong is a fiercely independent artist in her own right.”
“Sinewy harmonies and driving rhythms marry behind Rong’s stellar vocal line, with glistening shards of icy melody piercing through – it’s another stomping success from Rong that forces us to leap onto our feet are start dancing”
The Line of Best Fit
‘The Same Road’ is a divine piece of digital soul, both intense and transgressive at the same time
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London-based Fifi Rong, a multi-talented avant-pop songstress has shared her latest single ‘Only Man’ on the 26th of March. The singer has collaborated with the likes of Skepta (on his hugely successful UK No. 2, Mercury Prize-winning album Konnichiwa) as well as Tricky, Yello, and Phaeleh, and Emika. ‘Only Man’ is taken from her upcoming self-produced solo album, There Is A Funeral In My Heart For Every Man I Loved. The ‘Only Man’ single Launch show will be at 7PM on 4 April 2021 via the Yi Jing 意境 Live Music Series. The single will mark the start of the Yi Jing 意境 Live Music Series which is designed to bring the worlds of online concerts, short films, and performance/sonic/visual art all into one reality with the aim to build a community of loyal aesthetes and avid music/art lovers.
As a result of her epic collaborations along with her own work, Fifi Rong has received support from The Guardian, The Times, NME, FACT Mag, The Irish Times, Dancing Astronaut, Earmilk, CLASH Magazine, Complex, Crack Magazine and The Line of Best Fit to name a few. The support for Fifi Rong continues across the airwaves, with radio play on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1 Xtra, BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson and NPR as well as appearances on the tastemaker Youtube channels Majestic Casual and the_accidental_poet. The singer has received well over 3.2 million plays across major streaming platforms.
While Fifi Rong was born in Beijing, she is currently based in London after studying in Manchester and Bristol. The singer-songwriter has found inspiration in new forms – from the Trip-hop stylings of Portishead, Helicopter Girl and Tricky to the acapella voice of a shaman from Peru and the texture of Wong Kar Wai’s movies. In turn, her own sound can be associated with the likes of Bjork, Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser, FKA Twigs, ANOHNI and Massive Attack as she displays contemporary ballads with atmospheric production.
A bittersweet single of unanswered love and longing, ‘Only Man’ opens with eerie, otherworldly soundscapes before it begins to grow and develop, maturing out and embracing the wide range of Fifi Rong’s vocal capabilities. Unashamed and filled with deep caring, the single touches on the complex nature of love with eloquent and glimmering production.
Speaking of the character in her single, Fifi Rong tells us: “‘Only man’ is the epiphany of unrequited love, the saddest and paradoxically the most self-righteous thing to do as my character knows the man she loves doesn’t reciprocate but rather gives her a very small piece attention. So she suffers alone, and sees the love blossom and wither by herself. Eventually, though, this is another funeral the character would hold in her heart before she does it all over again.”
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