While “Rainbow Chan” is a pretty attention-grabbing stage name, what caught my eye was the cover art for Long Vacation. You might think the album (out July 30) is an homage to the classic K-Mart portrait, but I’m certain its value is further east. A little while back I discovered a blind spot in my musical tastes by the name of Teresa Teng — a juggernaut of romantic Asian pop that is so well known my own mother looked at me funny for never having heard of her. (For reference, her tastes shifted from Indonesian surf rock to Tom Jones and then stayed there.)
But this is a digression, because while Rainbow Chan might channel some of Teng’s vocal sound and sleek pop tones, her talent lies more in oddball production. The video for “Skinny Dipping” also highlights the deliciously weird side of Chan’s talents by way of intense stares through a diving mask and a pile of dead sea life.