(From the Press Release)
Having played for several Singapore bands, such as Indus Gendi, Monster Cat, and DEON, Esther has finally decided to embark on her music career as a solo artist under the moniker, Esther Lowless. She writes music with her 18-year-old piano, tampering incantations into fully orchestrated layers of instrumentation and vocal harmonies that translate her stories into songs. Influenced by the likes of Massive Attack, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Russian Circles, the debut EP is an interesting blend of tender piano riffs, heavy rhythms, and driving guitar lines. Emotive strings emphasize the melancholy in Esther’s music.
Separated into 6 chapters of music and film, Strange Place To Meet is a story about a simple girl, unbothered by all worldly matters. One fateful day, a visitant enters her life, and begins to haunt her relentlessly. She has no idea who the visitant is, and why the visitant has entered her life. All she knows is that she must get away.
Esther’s great love for film and music prompted an exploration of both mediums for Strange Place To Meet – based loosely on a nervous breakdown she experienced a few years ago. Inspired by Paris, Je t’aime, it occurred to Esther that her project could serve as an anthological mosaic of short films that displayed the brilliance of Singapore’s filmmakers. A collective vision of local filmmakers and cinematographers that saw the peculiar sensibilities she strived to evoke, the music films in Strange Place To Meet were made possible by Henry Hiah, Leonard Soosay, Gerald Stahlmann, Sivaraj Pragasm, Wu Jun Han, and Esther herself.
Strange Place To Meet is to be released on June 21, 9pm at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Tickets can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org your name, contact details, and number of tickets.We are giving away a complimentary ticket to one of our readers. Email email@example.com before 14 Juni.
Apart from the launch, Esther will also be playing three acoustic sets on Baybeats Day 3 (30th June): one acoustic set at the Esplanade library at 3.30pm and two acoustic sets at the Chillout Stage at 7pm and 8.30pm.