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|Released||13 August 2021|
|Tanya Chua chronology|
DEPART is the twelfth Mandarin-language studio album by Singaporean singer and songwriter Tanya Chua, released by Universal Music on 13 August 2021. She collaborated with Carla Bruni and Ayanga, and also invited world-class composer Ricky Ho to produce and arrange the music.
Background and recording
On 30 January 2021, Chua sang a new song, "Ex-Love Song" during the encore of her "Kisses for the World" concert tour held in Taipei Arena, Taipei, Taiwan. The song appeared on Track 6 in the album. On 22 June 2021, Chua posted a photo of herself approaching an open door in a backdrop of a rocky mountain on her social media accounts, mentioning Wu Qing-feng. It served as the first teaser to her lead single "Depart". According to Chua, she was "idling and feeling at a loss" during her isolation in Taipei when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, so she took the time to write music about what was happening to the world. She drew inspiration from nature documentaries and classical music.
The album was recorded at Chua's home recording studio, skipping the convenience of electronic arrangements and returning to "unplugged" music, focusing on the timbre and quality of instruments and vocals. Chua single-handedly composed, arranged, and played the acoustic guitar for the album which she did for the first time. She also invited Taiwanese lyricist David Ke (葛大為), Singaporean lyricist Xiaohan, and Hong Kong lyricist Chow Yiu-fai (周耀輝) to help with the lyrics. Chua wrote over 30 songs for the album.
On 8 July 2021, Chua released her single "Depart", three years after her eleventh studio album Kisses for the World, and followed up with the music video a week after. The song employed minimalistic orchestration with only a guitar and a string quartet. She followed with the second single "Bluebirds" on 29 July 2021, in cooperation with Ricky Ho and the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
On 6 August 2021, Chua released her third single "Photographs" in collaboration with Italian-French singer, model, and France's former first lady Carla Bruni. The song is in English and Mandarin with Bruni singing a few lines in Mandarin, with guidance from Chua.
On 12 August 2021, Chua released her fourth single "Romanticism", followed by the release of her full album Depart the following day.
All tracks are composed and produced by Tanya Chua.
|3.||"Into The Wild (featuring Ayanga)"||Chow Yiu-fai (周耀輝)||3:56|
|6.||"Ex-Love Song" (舊情歌)||Chua||3:44|
|7.||"Everything of Everything" (全部的所有)||Chua||3:15|
|8.||"Photographs (featuring Carla Bruni)"||Chua||3:54|
|9.||"Romanticism" (讓浪漫作主)||David Ke (葛大為)||4:10|
Awards and nominations
|Album of the Year - Vocal category||Depart||Won|
|Song of the Year - Vocal category||"Bluebirds"||Nominated|
|Best Mandarin Album - Vocal category||Depart||Won|
|Best Composition - Vocal category||Tanya Chua for "Bluebirds"||Nominated|
|Best Lyrics - Vocal category||Chow Yiu-fai for "Into The Wild"||Nominated|
|Producer of the Year, Album - Vocal category||Tanya Chua for Depart||Nominated|
|Best Mandarin Female Singer - Vocal category||Tanya Chua for Depart||Won|
|Best Vocal Recording Album - Technical category||Depart||Won|
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