For Taiwanese diaspora musician Jieh, known for his work on Holodec project and collaborations with Timetable Records and Nosaj Thing, mixed media is one method he uses in the album to animate infinite human potential, a space where one can birth a new reality, inspired by one’s past, present and future. “What I always felt the film captured so well, and the mood of Lim Giong’s original song,” says Jieh, “is that life is a bittersweet pursuit. It plays out often in ways we don’t intend because much of life is beyond our control.” What is in our control, he says, “is our intent and attempt to be true to oneself, and in that regard, to strive to be a pure person.” Saxophone player Minyen Hsieh of the duo Non-Confined Space approaches a more technical interpretation of “A Pure Person”, improvising layers of atmospheric, live saxophone with samples of the original track’s spoken word. What resonates most about Lim’s lyrics to “A Pure Person”, is that it flows like the mantras of Buddhist scripture, a reminder that our way of relating to one another comes from what the simple, mundane moments afford us: “Kindness, ordinary happiness. Innocent people, every time they see.”
Looking back on her experience working with Giong, Lin explains how, in another great line in a song of his, called “Love Academy,” he talks about the fact that “we all have to take shits. He’s funny like that. To be ordinary is to be a broken, shitty person but to live with the knowledge that we are all broken.” Thoughtful, melancholic, and visceral, throughout the album, listeners are offered a momentary respite from the chaotic state of the world, an assemblage of personal philosophies that provoke empathy, contemplation, and possibly inspiration as we endure 2020 and head into an unknown future.