HTRK: Chinatown Style

The Smiths get covered, DJ DB Burkeman on the Rolling Stones and more in this week's look at music

London-via-Melbourne band HTRK (pronounced Hate Rock) has been creating music since 2003; recovering from bassist Sean Stewart’s suicide in 2010, HTRK released Psychic 9-5 Club earlier this year, their first recorded project as a duo. The LP is a further stripping down of their musical style, exploring themes of love and loss using the bare minimum of Standish’s sultry, delicate vocals and Yang’s new age, experimental sounds. The 11-minute video short for their soft, spellbinding track “Chinatown Style” is an intimate look at the Manhattan neighborhood, wordlessly moving from restaurant kitchen to dance studio to underground rave.