'Fantastic' Only The Host 

'Very delightful' Joyzine

'Top-notch' ThisIsTheMusic 

'Bloody. Brillant' Platinum Mind

'Very talented' Banks Radio Australia 

'His harmonies are so good' Spin It Up

'Nice slice of bedroom pop' The Other Side Reviews

'Off-the-wall, but in a good way!' Indies With Marky 

'Loves to tell a story and does it really well' The Songbird 

'Off-kilter one-man band... a winner' Here Comes The Flood 

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'I've been singing this tune non-stop in the car' Lead Balloon Podcast  

'Genuinely original and risky... deserves our attention' Fresh On The Net 

'Truly unique sound... refreshing break away from the mainstream' RGM 

'A particular and exuberant talent... has an idiosyncratic playfulness that will undeniably raise a smile' Start Track 

'A student of melody... takes a cue from the best songwriters that England has produced over the past centuries and often matches their ability and charm' Alt77 

Quirky indie-popster from London. Likes singalongs and wordplay. AKA Hong Kong Cockney*

Garlen Lo is a born-and-bred Londoner of Hong Kong-Chinese origin. Aged 7 he was raised by a wine-guzzling auntie who played country music at max volume. One Christmas, he got a guitar and took naturally to writing drunken singalongs with twee wordplay.

He formed an unruly, skinny-jeaned indie band in the mid-2000s, but after that imploded, tried to become a respectable member of society. Not quite succeeding at that either, he resumed his love for songwriting during the pandemic. The result is this. And he is chuffed that his first six singles have all been someone’s ‘track of the week’ (see Media Coverage below).

He is a one-man band: playing all the instruments, singing, producing, and making the music videos. He'd like to give gigging a go again (guh guh guh guh guh, lol) but can't face the stress of forming a band. He is open to collabs, as the kids say.

Songs about unrequited/nostalgic love seems to be his thing. Just because. His Mastermind subject would be The Beatles and Chelsea FC. What's yours?

*For a short time, he went by the artist name Hong Kong Cockney but lacked the confidence to see it through. He likes it as a nickname though, like Springsteen's The Boss.

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SINGLE #6 - 17 May 2024

Sentimental Guy

A midlife reflection song.

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Media Coverage


Sentimental Guy

A midlife reflection song.

Joyzine - Featured Videos

DIG New Music - 12 Song Recommends this Week

Trust the Doc - New Trax Poll Winner


Brown Paper Ball

A song about writing  a love letter... and scrunching it up.

DIG New Music - 12 Song Recommends this Week

Fresh On The Net - Top 25 songs

The Indie Scene - New Music of the Week


Steve Rogers

A song about being a superhero to the one you love... despite having no superpowers. 

RGM - Top 5 Singles

Fresh On The Net - Top 25 songs

Laura Meets Musicians - Laura's Picks

Chasing Destino - Video of the Week


London, Tell Me Why

A love letter to London and sequel to 'Waterloo Sunset': What if Terry and Julie broke up?

RGM - Top 5 Singles


Lover's Lover

A real story about modern dating: online apps, fluid sexuality, relationship types... and social distancing.

RGM - Top 5 Singles

Fresh On The Net - Eclectic Picks


Captain Elon

A happy-sad-hopeful-satirical all-in-one and a state of the world reflection: AI robots, climate change, fake news, and online power. Only one person can save us...

The Songbird + Platinum Mind - Track of the Day

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