Gong Gong Gong - Phantom Rhythm [幽靈節奏]

Gong Gong Gong - Phantom Rhythm [幽靈節奏]

$12.00 RRP
Subscription Save
Format

Description

Guitar-and-bass duo Gong Gong Gong (工工工) charges out from Beijing’s underground scene with a distinct vision and uncompromising sense of purpose. The group unites musical cultures, drawing on inspirations as wide-ranging as Bo Diddley, Cantonese opera, West African desert blues, drone, and electronic music.

On their debut LP, 'Phantom Rhythm' (幽靈節奏), the locomotive chug of Tom Ng’s guitar combines with Joshua Frank’s thump- ing, harmonics-laden bass lines to conjure an aura of ghostly snare hits and timpani overtones. Over Frank’s enigmatic melodies, Ng sings in Cantonese, piecing together abstract tales of absurdity, doubt, desire, and lust.

Synchronized to the point of near-telepathy, the band use their minimalistic tools and idiosyncratic playing style to challenge the notions of rock ‘n’ roll and strip the form down to its bare essentials: rhythm, melody, and grit.

Formed in 2015, the band’s earliest shows were in Beijing underpass tunnels and DIY spaces - Ng and Frank both being outsiders who call the city their home. Born in Hong Kong, Ng defiantly sings in his native tongue, while Frank, originally from Montreal, has lived in Beijing on and off since childhood.

'Phantom Rythm' follows the release of Gong Gong Gong’s 'Siren' 7” and the band’s subsequent tour of the UK and Europe with Brooklyn’s Bodega.

“Their work is spare and savage, with Ng’s Cantonese singing uncannily evoking a heavily accented British punk.” — The New Yorker.
“Transnational blues with swarming psychedelic borders.” — Stereogum.
“A totalizing soundscape that brings to mind a pure immersion in a foreign land... An exceedingly rare experience in any genre or medium.” — Interview Magazine.

1. The Last Note
2. Notes Underground
3. Ride Your Horse
4. Moonshadows
5. Inner Reaches
6. Gong Gong Gong Blues
7. Wei Wei Wei
8. Some Kind of Demon
9. Night’s Colour (Chongqing)
10. Sound of Love

Artist: Gong Gong Gong
Label: Wharf Cat
Catalogue: WCR095CD
Barcode: 843563119396
Format: CD or LP
Release Date: 4th October 2019
   
"The Beijing-based post-punk duo stack garage instrumentation, Ali Farka Touré melodies, and dissonance without a whiff of the baroque."
7.6
 
                             
"...a rare kind of intimacy you don’t often find with driving, ramshackle funk."
8/10
 
         

Shipping Info

Free Shipping

We offer free delivery on orders of £85 and over, sent within mainland UK. To qualify for free delivery, your order will be sent as one dispatch.

Read More.

Click & Collect

On all orders, we offer a Click & Collect option for you to come and collect your order in Totnes. You will be offered shipping and click & collect options during the checkout process.

Contact Drift

Royal Mail Tracked®

✔️ End-to-end tracking
✔️ SMS or email notifications
✔️ 48 hour delivery aim
✔️ Compensation cover up to £100
✔️ Change your delivery options before delivery is attempted

Read More

Playlist

Drift Recommends


Alongside a weekly playlist of new and old tracks (tune in via the news section), all of the Drift staff also contribute to a weekly 'Drift Recommends' playlist.

Updated every Friday, it's full of new tracks that we love, absolute bangers that have popped back into our heads and all sorts of other weird avenues. It is supposed to sound a little bit like that feeling of walking through the door at Drift.

You can subscribe to it via our Spotify public profile.

Basket

No more products available for purchase

Your basket is empty