Misha is multi-instrumentalist/writer/producer John Chao (lap steel, violin, guitar, accordion, others) with a small set of friends (Ronit Granot, Amy Vachal.)
Called "Band to Watch" by Stereogum, featured on MTV Iggy, and "Best New Track" by Pitchfork for debut Teardrop Sweetheart, All We Will Become is Misha's second album.
Written after the end of a long creative and romantic partnership, All We Will Become is a pop album about love in its incarnations, from start to end - of rapturously falling head over heels, of togetherness, of loss and grief, and bittersweet beauty that comes after.
Drawing upon the influences of Chao's upbringing - the celebratory and elegiac sounds of New Orleans in "Elater," 70's Bollywood of RD Burman in "You," classical coda in "In Reverse," Tx high school drum corps of "Optical," and lineage of songwriters like Neil Finn, juxtaposed with modern production - to create pop songs that look forward, yet are grounded in specific sense of place & tradition.
Like love, All We Will Become attempts to create something unexpected and unique from universal sensation, of familiar with the unfamiliar, like something long lost and newly discovered.
Misha are Ashley Yao and John Chao. The two have crossed paths since their childhood days in Taipei, but each time, circumstances caused them to move, wandering the world (here in Hong Kong, there in Paris) until they met again after college in New York. Two years after their debut on the highly respected Alphabet-Singles-Series on Tomlab, the Asian/American duo now presents their first longplayer Teardrop Sweetheart: a cycle of happy/sad love songs with a new take on an old pleasure: the classic pop album. Walking the line between traditional songwriting and modern musicmaking, settings of grandeur and intimate doubts, Ash and John make little big things, imagining a dimestore Joseph Cornell, Buster Keaton with holes in his shoes.