Listen/purchase: 你不爱我 by 汤姆克鲁斯和凯蒂赫尔姆斯
Here is a duo that *slinkrat just recommended to me: Tom Cruise And Katie Homes (汤姆克鲁斯和凯蒂赫尔姆斯).
They are *Xiao Zhong (from the band Pairs on guitar/keys) + Cee Q (from (Marquee VII, vocal/keys). The description on their site is very accurate: “pop/shoegazey/tiny bit of drone/odd folk”. I love her voice, even awash in reverb. (Seriously, what is it with shoegaze & reverb? o.0 Since the 90s, always that cathedral effect).
You can listen to the entire thing at douban and listen/PWYW at bandcamp.
I think some of these songs could also have been done as acoustic folk, but the slightly abrasive electric guitar makes them better suited for rock clubs. Throw in the background keyboards, and it’s quite a big sound for a duo.
This album was just recorded in July and released a few days ago. They have their debut gig coming up on August 9th, opening for Sophie Koh at YuYinTang in Shanghai. 16 mins are also on the bill, so that will be a great night for fans of female vocals. I wish I could be there! =D
*Yes, blogger/interviewer slink rat is one half of this duo, and also in the bands Pairs and Hu Jia Hu Wei. Where does he find the time?!