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CHUNGKING
We Travel Fast

TUCH094CD
Tummy Touch 2003
11 Tracks. 49mins34secs

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Deceptively normal, the early story of Chungking is a perfect expression of their music. A bedroom musician, Sean Hennesey, trying to make sense of his computer, his then girlfriend, Jessie Banks, and an enthusiast friend, James Stephenson all going on with their lives until fate finally brought the two men together to write music. After looking for a vocalist for a while, Hennesey realised that Jessie could actually sing, and rather well too. So Chungking was born. The turning point in the band’s story was when a friend who was travelling to Japan took a CDR of early demos with him, handed it to a local DJ, forgot all about it until a box containing a handful of white labels landed on Hennesey’s doorstep, with a Japanese label on it saying ‘beautiful Chungking music’. Head of Tummy Touch Tim ‘Love’ Lee got his hands on one of the vinyls, hunted the band down and signed them. Followed a first EP, Now It’s Safe To Turn Off Your Computer, and a couple more singles. With Hennesey’s and Banks’s relationship on the blink, the band went through patchy times, but eventually got back together properly, and now, only a few weeks after the release of the beautiful World Of A Thousand Suns single, they introduce We Travel Fast, their first album.
Full of references to the last five decades of music, from the striking arrangements of Gill Evans or the luscious melodies of Burt Bacharach to the murky soul of Portishead and the perverse pop of Goldfrapp, We Travel Fast reflects on human interactions and emotions. The stunning opening track, Making Music, defines this album almost entirely. After a restrained intro and verse, the song suddenly turns into a far more impressive and soulful chorus, with Banks’s vocal performance evoking a young Dusty Springfield. The majority of this album is built up around similar ambiences as the trio elaborate poignant melodies and impressive arrangements, complete with guitars, strings and horns. Come With Me, Angel Eyes or Cold Outside all demonstrate the eclectic touch applied by all three members all the way through. If the coffee table music tag is likely to stick to Chungking in some ways, the band also show a more abrupt and angular side to their composition on the funky Let The Love In and Suite, approaching these two songs from a totally different angle. Voluntarily scratching the polished production and vocals to give Let The Love In a rougher edge, Chungking reveal a more spontaneous side to their music as they for a moment leave behind the serious atmosphere of this album. Suite is equally as torrid, yet, once again the trio decide to twist their round production by introducing a happier mood to give their sound a new definition.
We Travel Fast reflects the troubled times faced by the band in its early days. But, instead of falling into miserabilism, Chungking work on the raw emotions, providing this album with more depth than most chill out records. We Travel Fast is a beautiful and rather mature piece of recording.

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TRACKLIST

Making Music
Come With Me
Angel Eyes
We Love You
World Of A Thousand Suns
Just A Game
Cold Outside
Let The Love In
Suite
Full On
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