Welcome to Pass the Aux, where KQED Arts & Culture brings you our favorite new tracks by Bay Area artists. Check out past entries and submit a song for future coverage.
The summer I turned 20, I entered a tumultuous period of transition: rejoicing in new freedoms one moment and mourning the loss of my childhood the next. In the years that followed, I fumbled in the dark, trying to figure out what it meant to be a real adult. It’s an ongoing, confusing process I saw mirrored in 2Chang’s The Weather Inside, a new EP and five-part music video series the Berkeley-raised duo released in May.
2Chang, composed of brothers Jonny and Solomon Chang, experiment with dreamy, hypnotic visuals and melodic rap to explore themes of mental health, race, identity and the pressures of growing up.
Their music video “Normal” opens with a close-up shot of Jonny’s hands bound by thick, green rope as a quick, rhythmic tapping plays. As he unfurls the rope bit by bit, the tapping continues relentlessly, like the thump of an anxious heart. Soon after, he releases himself and bolts from a pair of masked captors, fleeing through liminal landscapes drenched in muted shades of green and purple.