By day, Simon Frank is an art world salaryman and by night, he makess music and DJs with influences from post-punk, industrial music, acid house, Indian classical music, improvised music, and more. Born in Canada and growing up in New Delhi and Beijing, his projects include Hot & Cold (with his brother Josh Frank, member of Gong Gong Gong) Love Theme, and Love Research Institute. His release party for "So Dream It" will be held at ALL on July 30; previous releases include "Humid Music" on Taipei's Londly God Records in 2017 and event series XMQ Presents in 2019. "So Dream It" is on Hong Kong's Absurd Trax and falls between set categories, merging electronic post-punk with acerbic acid house synth tones, and punctuating low-slung rhythms with sampled shouts and percussion. While the music’s relentless propulsion and staccato bass lines recall EBM and seamier strains of Benelux synth-pop, Simon’s lyrics sidestep the fantasies of power that often define these genres, opting instead for deflated self-deprecation as he depicts protagonists cracking under the pressure of a harsh urban environment. 80rmb cover.
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