Chungking - The Hungry Years

Posted By: pshvetik

Artist: Chungking
Album: The Hungry Years
Release Date: January 18, 2005
Genre: Downtempo - Vocal/Lounge/Dub
Quality / Bitrate: MP3 / 320 kbit/s

Product Description
No One Else Makes Music Quite Like Brightons’ Chungking, who on ‘the Hungry Years’ Marry Classicism to Forward-looking, Psychedelic String Arrangements and Lyrics that Attest to the Complexities of Love. Originally Sneaking Out on Soft Release on Tummy Touch, Then Titled "we Travel Faster", Incredibly, ‘the Hungry Years’ is Somewhat More Impressive Still. Remixed, Remastered and Showcasing Two New Tracks, ‘please Don’t Talk’ and ‘voodoo’ (In Addition to the Re-recorded ‘cold Outside’), all Now Reflecting Chungking’s Burgeoning Maturity in their Journey from Then to Now.

Chungking certainly don't lack ambition. It's an ambition that has songs to back it up. Hailing from Brighton, the 3 piece have released their debut album 'The Hungry Years' on Monday 18th October.

From the opening 'Come With Me' with its vast orchestration and happy-go-lucky sentiment (We'll take in our stride the beautiful sky/As day gives way to endless night) it's clear that Chunking make good company. Escapism through music is easy with Chunking playing on your stereo.

On to the uplifting 'Making Music' where Chungking seem to be stating an intent to create beautiful music while simultaneously fulfilling it. The vocals in the chorus drifting beautifully over the shifting pulse of the backing. Sometimes openly sexual in the Stevie Wonder inspired 'Full On', sometimes openly tender as in 'Angel Eyes', sometimes playful as in 'We Love You'.

There's influences here; or more accurately, a blending of era. There's soul and psychedelic pop redolent at Goldfrapp's recent work. Sometimes, vocalist Jessie Banks can remind us of the flighty Springfield ('Please Don't Talk') then the sultry Martina Topley-Bird ('World of a Thousand Suns'). There's a blend of modern synths in 'Voodoo' amongst others, as well as the sweeping strings expected in soul.

Overall, it's an album of palpably good song writing. Each song is crafted perfectly and each relative section plays its part. Nothing is tacked on, there's never any 'I don't like this bit' moments.

Clearly a labour of love that succeeds in being both epic and personal. If you insist on trying before you buy, check out their sumptuous website for some song bites.


Song Title
01. Come With Me
02. Making Music
03. Voodoo
04. Please Don't Talk
05. Full On
06. World Of A Thousand Suns
07. Let The Love In
08. Angel Eyes
09. We Love You
10. Following
11. Cold Outside


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