I was going through my parents’ old cassette tapes last week when I found this gem by Feng Fei Fei:
I remember my mum always listening to her pop tapes and reading the Chinese newspaper on the sofa when I came home from primary school. My parents never really got into CDs so I tend to really associate cassette tapes with Cantonese and Mandarin music.
While this album, You Jian Qiu Lian, doesn’t have as much nostalgia value for me as some of the other tapes that I dug up, I have been listening to it a hell of a lot and it sounds amazing.
The opening track on side one, You Jian Qiu Lian (See The Autumn Lotus Again), is my favourite and it alternates delightfully between haunting melancholy and jauntiness. One of my other picks is the chirpy second track, Xiao Lu Shang (Up The Small Path).
“You Jian Qiu Lian” by Feng Fei Fei
“Xiao Lu Shang” by Feng Fei Fei
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you anything about Ms Feng except that she likes hats and is still touring. Here’s a picture of her from the tape inlay.
If I find any more good tapes, I’ll let you know!