陌生仙子国Kingdom of Benevolent Strangers

by Cold Fairyland

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This is classic Cold Fairyland.
Self produced in 2003, Kingdom of Benevolent Strangers a culmination of all the band member’s efforts, and as such, LinDi considers this the first true Cold Fairyland album. The canvas is broader. The tonal palette is richer. Between “Flying in the City” and this album, came LinDi’s solo album “Ten Days in Magic Land”. Some of the traditional elements from it as well as one song, “Desperate Flower in your Hand”, have made their way to Kingdom.
Long out of print and never widely available outside of China, Kingdom of Benevolent Strangers is now available World Wide. This special digital only edition has a new opening track, “Child and Feather” that was not included on the original CD. From this acoustic introduction the band dives into a rich synthesis of sound in “Autumn Sleep” and the high flying & haunting “Glass Cutter”. Next is the macabre titled “ Dead Children In Newspapers”. This is the first CFL recording to feature LinDi on pipa. The pipa is a pear shaped Chinese lute with four strings and a deeply scalloped fretboard. Here is what the poet Bai Juyi said of the pipa:

The bold strings-they patterned like the dashing rain,
The life strings-they sounded like the lovers' whispers.
Chattering and pattering, pattering and chattering
As pearls, large and small, on a jade platter fall.

You will hear exactly what he means when LinDi plays. After the smooth, soaring flight of “Dudu! You Say” comes a different arrangement of “ A Desperate Flower in Your Hand”. Here, the guitars shimmer and soar - the vocals range from beguiling in the verse, to compelling in bridge, all the way to absolutely chilling at the songs climax.

A Desperate Flower in Your Hand

When the hole in time is here
the silence already decayed
the heart fills with memories
and secret breath surrounds
I just want to be a flower
growing quietly in your hand
I dream I am a pure white flower
quietly dying in your hand.

Next is ebullient and exuberant “Paris Cat”, evoking images of psychedelic 60’s caged go go dancers. The captivating “Little Fairy Girl” leads into the concluding “ Color of Sunset”.
Kingdom of Benevolent Strangers is a milestone in the history and development of Cold Fairyland. The underground legend has hit its stride

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released May 12, 2013

LinDi - vocals, keyboards, pipa
Li Jia - drums
Su Yong - bass
Zhou ShengAn - cello
Song JianFeng - guitar

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Cold Fairyland Shanghai, China

Cold Fairyland, (冷酷仙境, Lěngkù Xiānjìng) is based in Shanghai, China. Their style combines Eastern melodies and rhythms with Western symphonic rock and classical music. These two sides allow them to play in concert halls as well as in rock clubs.

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Track Name: 死在报纸上的孩子Dead Children in Newspapers
the moon shines on a tall flat
and once again I dream of your tender face
flowers bloom under a gun barrel
and once again I see your sad eyes

am I the one that grieves over dead children
I'm doing pretty good
if you’re killedf
I ask you, from that place far away from me,
not to let me know

so that I’ll keep my cool
so that I can live apathetically
hopefully I can spend the rest of my time alone
hopefully I can retain my silence


stars fall on the other side of the mountain
and I know you’re still in this world
eagles fly out of the borders of the city
and I know you’ll never return

you are that child
that died in the newspaper
you’re so pale
and without a grave
there’s only the killings, daily, ceaseless
[but] you won’t be weak anymore

cause I will walk up to you
cause I want to hold you
maybe I should encourage myself
maybe I have died long ago