Support DEON’s Road To Canada

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(from the press release)

Local folk-pop artist DEON has been invited to play at the prestigious Canadian Music Week 2013 this 21st March. Part of the crop of talents taking their music into foreign ground, DEON will be representing Singapore alongside local bands Inch Chua, The Sam Willows and Eli T.

Culminating with a fund-raiser at Beer Market on 3rd March 2013, the former winner of the Noise Singer-Songwriter 2011 competition and Berklee College of Music alumni will debut new songs on his hometown tour, and raise funds to make his dream of Canadian Music Week a possibility.

Charged with emotionally tuned lyrics and a lush, melodic sensibility, DEON’s songwriting explores the confines of love and life, elucidating its complexities with a voice informed in equal parts by earnestness and humility.

23 February! The Summer State releases EP

After teasing us with a music video for their single “I Do, I Don’t”, pop rock band The Summer State is set to release their self-titled EP on February 23.

What??? You didn’t see the video? Well, in that case, watch it here. The video features singer/songwriter Siti Zahidah and garnered 17,000 views within two days of its release. Yep, you read that right … 17,000!

(from the press release)

The Summer State derived its name from the term ‘summer state of mind’ which exemplifies their optimism and positive outlook.  In 2011, the band was handpicked by Dave Tan of Electrico as his apprentice under The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) initiated by National Arts Council (NAC) and Noise Singapore.

The band’s self-titled EP is a representation of their journey, with each song a different struggle that one had to learn to overcome.The 5-tracks EP showcases the band’s musical diversity. From the gutsy “Trying Was My Only Regret”, reminiscent of modern pop/punk bands, to the groovy beats of “Hope, From The Gallows” and even a melancholic ballad “I Do, I Don’t”. The band prides itself for writing songs with unbridled honesty. The first single “Hush, We’re Taking Over” talks about one’s indecisiveness and how it’s affecting his relationship with a loved one whereas “Love, That’s What They Call It These Days” tears into society and pop culture’s definition of the word ‘love’ and how it’s so loosely used that it has lost its true meaning.

The EP launch will be held at Home Club featuring West Grand Boulevard, Trick, For This Cycle, Godzilla and Amateur Takes Control. Details here.


Octover drops debut EP

Artwork by Kiat.

For its fifth offering Syndicate unleashes the highly anticipated debut release from electronic duo, Octover. The self-titled seven-track EP brings the best out of both producer Jason Tan and vocalist Vanessa Fernandez (Vandetta) as they create their own aural palette to present a slick modern blend of R&B, soul and jazz.

For more than a decade the pair traveled separate musical journeys, balancing profile-building productions and pursuits of passion. Sporadically crossing paths on commercial projects, their bond grew steadily stronger through cigarette-laced conversations on the mediocrity of mainstream, the search for new sounds and a mutual appreciation for all things artistic and beautiful.

Since its inception, Octover has been on great stages which include the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Festival and the Esplanade Late Nite sessions.

Spotted! weish

For weish, talking never works. Everyday is a battle with everyday words. Talking through music offers her respite: autonomy from committing to meaning in the way that we are forced to in daily life. Yet it still somehow arrests you, forces you to be uncomfortably honest, confronts you with the mundane, quiet despair of waking up every day.

“Armed with my latest birthday present – the looper – I have been writing, gigging, and collaborating a lot in the past year. I will be playing at Artistry alongside Stacey J Douglas on 30 January, and at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, alongside These Brittle Bones, on February 1.”

Get ready to hear a lot more from weish–she’s just getting started.

A Tough Day At The Beach with Sharon and Darrell

Tough Day At the Beach are Darrell a.k.a Quite Quiet and Sharon a.k.a Percy Plodand, and together they seem to be going for sun-soaked tunes, writing songs with intentionally meaningless lyrics and cool phrases.

You guys met online. How did that go?

Darrell: We met through MySpace and Facebook. We each had our own act, but pretty soon we just decided to make music together. I play the guitar, Sharon plays the keys and we co-write the songs. We record everything in my bedroom studio.

What’s with the band name?

Darrell: Tough Day At The Beach is just something me and my friends used to say back in secondary school when we were having a tough day.

Tough Day At the beach is about ….

Darrell: … showing people that making music is all about having fun and inspiration can come from everywhere and anywhere. We just want to write random stuff, nothing thought-provoking or deep. We feel that some of the more popular songs have no meaning. What they do have is a nice sentences and cool phrases. Sharon: Actually we don’t really believe in inspiration and deep meanings. We are shallow people who just want to make fun of things and make funny songs and do funny things.

What have you been up to so far?

Sharon: We have performed once to a live audience at the Esplanade as part of the Noise Music Mentorship Program with Bani Haykal as our mentor, and we made an appearance on Okto’s AMP program, a series about Singapore’ s young and upcoming artists, musicians and performers. Darrell: We also produced a five-track EP and we did a music video for our single “Gameboy Comma Boy” at almost zero cost.


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