Evolution of Lo's music a serious affair
Singer Candy Lo Hau-yam has won plenty of music awards and sold plenty of records with her love songs. But despite many of her songs being big hits on the karaoke scene, the 30-year-old has become more serious with her recently released album.
Although the latest effort, Evolution Theory, has more of a rock sound, the lyrics focus on subjects such as history, religion, myths and war.
'Our concept is based on evolution,' Lo said. 'If you believe in this theory, it's something related to human beings. Therefore, every song is talking about something human.'
The indie-rocker-turned-pop-singer admits the record may be too heavy for some fans, but wanted to try something 'extreme'.
'There are already too many songs about love,' said Lo, who will play a gig at Hong Kong Baptist University on August 3. 'I'm not saying they're not good. I just think this isn't something I want to do at the moment. I wanted to try to do something inspirational, to give some meaning to my songs.
'For Flower Talk (2003), I produced karaoke numbers. This time, we wanted to put out a conceptual album.'
The record has received praise from critics and is regarded by some as one of the most significant releases of the year.
Lo said the final product was different from what she originally planned. 'I always think everything such as society and culture is undergoing evolution,' she said. 'But does evolution means improvement? Or does it means deterioration? We don't know. I wanted to talk about this. Although it's different from what I thought, I learnt a lot from producing this album.'
To produce the new disc, Lo worked closely with her long-time friend and musical partner Kubert Leung Yiu-pak. 'He's like my big brother. He takes care of me so much. He knows when I should stop and rest during the recording process.'
Apart from making music, Lo, a three-time best supporting actress nominee, has been busy making movies in the past couple of years. Recently, she appeared in Leung's indie movie, Wonderful Times, playing an actress and a prostitute. The film also stars rocker Paul Wong Koon-chung. Both musicians will write a song for the movie's soundtrack.