Virgin Vacation is an instrumental quartet based in Hong Kong. Combining math rock, improvisation free jazz, krautrock, and electronic beats to create a spiraling hypnotic soundscape that is unique in its own right. The band has just released their self-titled debut EP on cassette, vinyl and digital formats.
Check it out below.
The full write up from the band is as follows:
“Hong Kong’s 假日貞操 Virgin Vacation are pleased to announce their debut EP, entitled “Virgin Vacation”.
The four tracks that comprise the EP are all instrumental; each has its own unique sound and character but they share characteristics of improvisation, exploration, and the mixture of electronic music with rock.
The EP kicks off with a sound collage of a woman’s voice dispassionately recounting events related to the Hong Kong protests—before being crowded out by multiple copies of itself and a rising drone, reflecting the overwhelming news cycle in the city.
In Acid Rain An insistent krautrock bassline joins and stays for the next seven minutes, joining glitchy and heavily processed guitars that evoke church organ and choir over an acidic electronic beat before the track breaks down into a contrapuntal interlocking guitar duo. The track is spacious, futuristic, and evocative.
5 Step is a dark and driving track that mashes up spaghetti western sounds with math rock. Intricate guitar patterns weave like tangled branches over a complex polymetrical backing (5/8 over 4/8), creating a relentless feeling of forward motion.
Third Eye changes pace, with a sliding bassline and a relaxed psychedelic riff giving way to jazzy guitar and drum interplay, underpinned by spacey synths.
The final track, Voices reflects the more relaxed moments of Fripp and Eno. A treated guitar builds a simple melody into an exploratory, soaring improvisation before coming back down to earth. Gentle synths and guitar drones bring a meditative calm to the end of the EP.
Collaborating with one of Hong Kong’s most renowned independent comic book artists – Lai Tat Tat Wing; to illustrates and design the EP cover artwork.”