Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Diaryland” by Hong Kong in the 60s from the 2011 album My Fantoms on Proper Songs.
Capturing hearts from seemingly lost mellow pop Stereolab instilled sound of the early 1990’s culture, and influenced by the 1960’s lounge Hong Kong in the 60’s totally embrace the feat that may be ahead. Christopher Greenberg, Mei Yau Kan, and Tim Scullion make up the London trio that released their debut LP, My Fantoms, which they declare on their Bandcamp page includes “bittersweet pop songs, dreamlike instrumentals and even excerpts from a mouse opera for children” with influences of “early electronic pop, 1960s Chinese music and European film soundtracks.” Although Mei You Kan’s vocals are light and ethereal, they are accompanied by short, dizzying beats from a drum machine and heavy synth that lead the way to this detached and airy song, building intrigue and keeping afloat the mystery behind this as yet little known London based group.
Hong Kong in the 60’s are not touring right now, at least that far away from their London home, but keep up to date on their whereabouts through the band’s website and Facebook page. For now, enjoy their latest released video, for “Tracker Vale,” originally composed to play in the background during at a live performance at The Outer Church in Brighton: