Flood the Harbour (ft. There's Talk) by Kai Tak

Darkenin Heart

Los Angeles-based dreampop project Kai Tak's new album, Designed In Heaven Made In Hong Kong, will be available through à La Carte Records on June 21st, 2024. One of the album's focus tracks, Flood The Harbour, is a melancholic song that features collaborations with Tamaryn and Olivia Lee from There's Talk.

Lead by producer Chris King of Cold Showers, Kai Tak is a collective that creates a compelling atmosphere influenced by shoegaze, trip-hop, and electronica. The group's name is a tribute to the defunct Hong Kong airport, which achieved reputation for how frightening it was for pilots to land among the city's skyscrapers.

Chris King has to say about the new song: "The music for Flood the Harbour was written on the same day I wrote, 'Blush.' After feeling uninspired for a long time, I spent the day repeatedly watching Fallen Angels on mute while messing around with instruments, and 90% of both songs were written in a few hours. Whenever I'm working on something new, I always give the songs a temporary working title of the neighborhood that inspired the tune, or that I'm using found samples from, and this song drew from Yau Ma Tei. Formerly a little fishing bay, Yau Ma Tei has been built extensively upon reclaimed land. Because of Hong Kong's limited usable land and massive population density, land reclamation has been a central part of the city's growth over the past century - over 60 km of land has been added to the city from land reclamation projects, including part of the old Kai Tak airport, and just thinking about land reclamation and it's endless ripples helped shape the song."

There's Talk's Olivia Lee comments: "I aligned on inspiration with Chris - the lyrics came to mind after simmering on the working title for the song, Yau Ma Tei, as well as hazy neon-lit montages from Fallen Angels. Sinking into the broodiness of the song, images of a revolution on the heels of the end of the world engulfed in flames and flood came to mind. Perhaps a meditation on the consequences of colonialism and corporate greed, and who will have the last word."

Kai Tak

à La Carte Records


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