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|Product Title:||Be Little Be Little Be Little Be Little Be Little|
|Singer Name(s):||Lil' Ashes (Singer) 小塵埃 (Singer) 小尘埃 (Singer) Lil' Ashes (Singer) Lil' Ashes (Singer)|
|Place of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|Publisher:||Sony Music Entertainment (HK)|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1035862104|
Product Information / Track List
首張專輯 Be Little 小塵埃的小小世界
Stricken Chord , Don’t Think Too Much , 這感覺 , 我愛京達卡 [著名音樂人Hayden Bell穿針引線異地合作] , Sold Out (與Russian Red小師妹Lucia Scansetti首度共同創作]
Stricken Chord (Happy Mix) [Sony Xperia “Water Is My Friend” 廣告歌]
01. Be Little
02. Stricken Chord
06. Don't Think Too Much
08. Our Song
09. Sold Out
10. Stricken Chord (happy mix)
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July 31, 2014
In 2013, Sony Music launched O.U.R. (Original, Unique, Refreshing) Works, a project designed to showcase young singer-songwriters that includes Shandy Gan, Lillian Wong, Trekkerz and Lil' Ashes. By sending the four performers to as many public performances as possible, the O.U.R. Works project emphasizes that Hong Kong does have room for a new generation of musicians rather than just manufactured pop singers.
Comprised of Pollie Tong and Jonathan Wu, Lil' Ashes is a folk rock duo who started performing during their university days. For their first album Be Little, the duo take their first stab at several Chinese-language songs for the Hong Kong market. The result is a refreshing debut album that marks the emergence of the best new Hong Kong folk-pop group since at17.
The album starts with titular song Be Little (Track 1), a slow English-language folk ballad. With simple but not-quite-grammatically correct lyrics like "Though seeing/they may not see/Though hearing/they may not understand" and a basic acoustic guitar-driven sound, Be Little mainly showcases Pollie (who also wrote the lyrics) as a unique vocalist with a memorable voice.
The album continues with Stricken Chord (Track 2), the duo's first local radio hit. Even though the strange English lyrics may turn off some non-Chinese listeners, it's another pleasant folk ballad that's more about enjoying the duo's country-style composition and Ng Cheuk Yin's arrangement than the content of its lyrics.
Be Little features a total of four Cantonese-language songs. The best among them is "I Love Kingda Ka" (Track 5), a mid-tempo folk-rock number that compares the ups-and-downs of life to the experience of riding on the Kingda Ka roller coaster. Along with the memorable hook and pleasant composition, the song also stands out for the uniqueness of applying Pollie's refreshing vocal style to Cantonese. Emphasizing the composition more than the actual pronunciation of the words (Cantopop singing usually goes the other way around), Pollie's voice floats up and down along with the music (much like the Kingda Ka itself), giving the song effective emotional resonance. Already a hit on radio, "I Love Kingda Ka" should give Lil' Ashes the attention they deserve.
Cantonese song "Calm Down, Your Majesty the Cat" (Track 4), the story of a feisty, bossy cat that scratches and bites everyone told from the perspective of his helpless owner, is the lightest and also one of the best songs on the album. Pollie's cute vocal performance and delightfully comical lyrics add to the wickedly playful composition.
As Lil' Ashes and Be Little have proven, the O.U.R. Works project provides a much-needed breath of fresh air to Cantopop. Sony Music has created an excellent platform for passionate musicians who can create listener-friendly music without being constrained by commercial demands, and it's a platform that deserves to stay around for a long time. Be Little isn't an artistic breakthrough for Hong Kong music, but it's an excellent alternative for pop fans who need a break from the next round of Cantonese ballads.