LP £14.99 HIT021
Heavyweight vinyl LP on Hippos In Tanks.
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“Imagine Arab Strap if they came from Vietnam rather than Glasgow.” This is what Phil said to me as he passed me this record to review apart from saying he has absolutely no information on it. A quick google search reveals this to be the debut from Vinh Ngan, born in Vietnam, raised in Hong Kong and currently living in South London.
It’s on the label that brought you Hype Williams, James Ferraro and Laurel Halo so that should give you an indicator of where it’s coming from. I sort of see where Phil is coming from with the Arab Strab thing - certainly the melody of ‘Pok’ is not unlike ‘First Big Weekend’ but it’s an obtuse choice.The record is a real trans-continental being, Ngan sings in his native tongue and there are plenty of eastern flourishes to the melodies. But the deep, melancholic synths come from the rain soaked synths of London. It’s like a mixed bag of Onra ‘Chinoiseries’, Burial, Fujiya & Miyagi and...um The Blue Nile.
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