It’s been six years since Hong Kong’s Modern Children released their vibrant indie pop debut and now the creative collective have returned with their second effort, the crowdfunded Bittersweet Melodies. As the title suggests, the mood is more introspective this time around. Maybe the shift towards a deeper, darker tone comes from the uncertainty and political disquiet felt both locally and globally, although it helps that the band have put down the toy instruments that gave their debut its childlike innocence. The album, however, will always be haunted by the death of the band’s guitarist, Jimmy Cheung, who passed away during the final stages of production. Dedicated to their former member, Bittersweet Memoriesis a lively upbeat song of remembrance and, much like rest of the album, it finds moments of joy and hopefulness within the contemplative vibe. Two epic tracks featuring the band’s violinist/vocalist Winnie Lau centre the album: the swirling Reborn and Run Around the World, an uplifting electronic-heavy track that highlights the band’s maturity and a possible bright new direction.