Daily Archives: May 21, 2012

ART – Spoon Art Fair Highlights 1

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Concluding coverage of HK’s art week, here are some highlights from Spoon Art Fair which played second fiddle to ART HK over the weekend. Based at the Grand Hyatt, more than 50 galleries – mostly Asian – exhibited works over two floors of hotel rooms. The Hyatt also promoted a ‘My First Collection’ theme, which showcased ‘affordable’ pieces under US$3000.

MUSIC – 9 Maps Album Launch 5

Last year’s Time Out Band of the Year and 1st place Tom Lee Soundbase 2012 winners, 9 Maps officially launched their long-awaited album ‘High Incline’ yesterday at the Central Wine Club. With the backing of Untitled Entertainment Asia, the trio are spearheading a new wave of local, independent music…

From the stirring strums of the title track opener; through live favourites including White & Gold and No Pulse For Uncle John; right to the final chimes of I Hope You Knew, 9 Maps, & Norman Chan of Theon Studios, have produced a carefully constructed body of work that is both sincere and accomplished.

With a sound termed “Harbour Folk”, they’ve naturally been likened to the Western indie-folk generation including Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons and Feist. In their short career span to date, they’ve already been invited to share stages with the likes of Elbow, Lenka and Emmy The Great, and are featured in the recent ‘Best of SE Asian Indie’ compilation currently earning plaudits across the region and beyond. 2012 first-placed Gold winners at the Tom Lee Soundbase songwriters awards, and with an invitation to the upcoming Music Matters conference, 9 Maps’ star is very much on the rise. – Hip Hong Kong

Scroll down for an unofficial video of the second track on their début album, 4 Walls, as well as a free, downloadable track from the new release.