We have been enjoying London-based trio Hong Kong in the 60s' dreamy use of rudimentary analogue technology up here at the Moonbase since the release of their debut EP Willow Pattern Songs in 2009. Since then there has been a freely-downloadable EP Places as well as a collaboration with The Advisory Circle for a slice of 7" vinyl on Ghost Box.
However, delightful news recently reached us that the band's long-awaited debut album My Fantoms has finally been released. And a thing of wonder it is too. Warm woozy electronics playing beautifully naive melodies over primitive drum machine rhythms, with delicately delivered vocals from librarian Mei Yau Kan. Synaesthetes will find that listening to the album conjures up a sensation of playing with a large multi-coloured plastic abacus on a Summer's day.
You can listen to all the tracks on the album and buy the download version right now for the very modest sum of £6. The CD edition will be coming out on 2 May. You can find more information about the album on the band's website.
To mark the auspicious arrival of their debut album, Hong Kong in the 60s are playing a few dates over the next few months. The most exciting of which is in the form of a support slot for the High Llamas in London on 22 May 2011.