I Am David Sparkle: Swords Are Drawn

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Presently consisting of Amran Khamis, Djohan Johari, Farizwan Fajari and Zahir Sanosi, I am David Sparkle is one of the pioneers of the instrumental post-rock scene in Singapore. Since its inception in 2001, the band has garnered a strong underground following in Singapore and internationally with its music and emotionally charged live sets.

2010 sees the release of Swords, their second full-length album, and fifth release in total after The Apocalypse of Your Heart, This is the New, Nosferatu Makes Me Nervous and the Live in Houston bootleg EP. ‘Swords’ is a title that transpired from the band’s vision of incorporating a heavier regime and rhythmically complex elements into their sound than previous releases.  It is  a compilation of new and previously unrecorded material, making it a record that is more guitar driven, when compared to ‘This Is The New’ (2007) which was gently laced with ambience and electronic elements. The traits of the new album could also be attributed to the chemistry in the current lineup, after the departures of Yamani Ismail (bass) and Nick Chan (guitar/electronics) in 2007. While still maintaining their love of soaring melodies, ‘Swords’ takes the band to a more abrasive language -as heard on tracks “A Bad Corpse (Your Majesty)” and “Ghostfuck”- in conveying their ideas and thoughts. Maybe it’s their fascination for most things heavy and ostracized, or just as a token of discontent, nonetheless the new album marks another flag in the band’s passage.

The launch of the album will be celebrated at the Esplanade Recital Studio on 3 December, 9.30pm. Tickets are available from the Esplanade Box Office and Sistic.

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