"...for a highly successful marriage of field recordings and improv in which a certain time and place are frozen in amber – look no further."
"«Hong Kong» reflects a notion of being lost within the complex and quite impossible architecture and labyrinthian streets of this city, with its patchwork of symmetries, contrasts, conflicts and diminutions, alternating moods. This synaesthetic reconstruction of a foreign, intriguing city suggests a disruption of place, time and language, an elusive and unsettling sonic mirror and a road diary of an exotic location at a critical time."
"This largely improvised music peels out of the big city hustle and bustle and disappears back into it, not without adding pointed commentary. Very beautiful music."
"perfectly set and never overly ambitious."
" “Hong Kong” reveals yet another side of the relentlessly playful and experimental Cheer-Accident."
"follow the musicians on a beautiful journey of discovery."
- MusicMap, Piergiuseppe Lippolis, Jan 2022
"a synaesthetic visualization of a city's sound - as difficult to describe as it is to review - which requires multiple plays rewarded by myriad hidden details.”
- Rockerilla, Jan 2022
“Based on a series of recordings made in August 2015 on walks through various neighbourhoods and locations around Hong Kong and its surrounding environs, this record combine those sound sounds with veteran Chicago art rock unit Cheer-Accident’s fragmentary improvisational performances. Each field recording was transcribed onto a sound map which then guided the band’s improvisations so what you hear throughout Hong Kong is a sense of fluidity, symmetry and contrast = the process makes for a really convincing, layered, dynamic and complex psychogeographical exploration of a city at a critical point in its history. A true travelogue for the ears.”
- The Wire, Dec 2021
released December 10, 2021
Performed by members of CHEER-ACCIDENT
Cory Bengtsen - baritone saxophone, electronics
D Bayne - piano
Jeff Libersher – electric guitar
Mike Hagedorn - tenor and soprano trombones
Ross Feller - soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones
Thymme Jones - piano
All tracks composed by CHEER-ACCIDENT and the region of Hong Kong in 2019
Recorded in 2019 by Todd A Carter at bel_Air Sound Studio
Artwork: Tony Kellers
© Shameless Records 2021
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This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.