New York-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist JOHN TSUNG has announced his new album Empire Postcards, alongside the release of his new single ‘Taking of a Nation‘ – out now via Broken Stone Records / Remote Control Records. Serving as the centrepiece of the record, ‘Taking of a Nation’ is a 7-minute indie rock epic written before the 2020 election, at a moment of national unease. The words are from TSUNG’s conversations with patriotic Asian Americans: the ones who cherish America’s promise, and mourn its present-day course. “This is the drowning of a nation, by dreams deferred,” he intones in the third verse. “No moral absolution, no mirror turned.”
JOHN TSUNG’s Empire Postcards is an album of Asian American stories, as told through American strains of rock, indie, and folk. These narratives stem from interviews and conversations with immigrants across the continent that TSUNG held over the last three years. They embody a wide range of stories – concerning love, loss, patriotism, and regret – that challenge conventional wisdom about being Asian American.