Listen! Joie by Joie Tan

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(from the press release)

Joie’ is the first full-length release from songbird Joie Tan. The long-awaited 10-track album showcases her versatility as a songwriter as she explores love, life, and loss through a variety of styles and genres with her svelte vocals melding them all together. The album’s focus track ‘Can’t You See’ is an ode to two lovers playing hard to get: “if you knew the truth behind the words / the cruelty was by mistake”. Joie Tan’s impassioned plea tangos playfully with Bani Hidir’s big band arrangement, drawing the listener into a warm embrace.

Produced by Bani Hidir (53A, LEW), mixed by Don Richmond (Mark Bonafide, 53A, Vanessa Fernandez), and mastered by Evan Low (Zendyll Productions, Evanturetime).

The album launch is happening on 11 April at the Esplanade Annexe Studio. Get your tickets here.

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Listen! The Average of Everything by SINE

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(from the press release)

Sine announces their highly anticipated debut EP – “The Average of Everything”, which will be released on April 19, 2018.

Current local university students, Yeo Chai Jing, Tan Yiren Eugene, and Marcus Goh form the face of Sine. Being part of the 2017 Noise Music Mentorship, Sine has gained invaluable advice as a noise mentee under the guidance of Martin Kong from Caracal. Drawing influence from Toe, Tricot, and Chon, their music can be described as a blend of math rock, progressive rock, and post-punk.

Recorded at Aeonix Productions, “The Average of Everything” is a five-track powerhouse that is reflective of the range of the band’s influences, from math rock to progressive, metal and jazz. The EP tells a story of how the band decided to dive into its experimental roots, where each track is intentionally recorded to sound different from one another and is characterised by different subgenres of rock. Despite these differences in subgenres, the band’s unique sound is still evident in every track. The result is an EP where each song feels like a chapter in a book, yet each chapter is tied to the common theme of the band’s sound.

In addition, Sine is also releasing their 2nd track, One Day, on 29 March in anticipation of the rest of the EP. One Day stands out as the liveliest song from the EP, with its fast-driven rhythm guitars, driving bass and roaring drums balanced against melodic vocals. It would be available for streaming on our Bandcamp website and YouTube channel.

About Sine
Sine (latin for ‘by itself’) is a band comprising of individuals who dare to be different. We want to break down stereotypes of music about how a rock band should sound. Norms are what we perceive it to be. The norm of one may be insanity to a heretic. There is no truth, only perception.

Sine will celebrate the release of the EP with a show on May 11, 2018 at LITHE HOUSE from 7pm onwards, with supporting acts Terrestrea and Trust The Chaos. Tickets will be on sale at the door.

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Listen! Blue by Cosmic Child

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Releasing on bandcamp and spotify today is Blue, Cosmic Child‘s new album since their self-released debut in 2016.

(from the press release)

Titled Blue, their sophomore effort comprises of 10 tracks rooted in ‘90s shoegaze. Carrying forward a fleeting sense of nostalgia from their debut album, the five-piece have emerged with new ideas that were only hinted at in their previous material — ideas that are deeply personal, mature and emotionally resonant.

Fronted by guitarist/vocalist Bo, the album is a hazy document of the last two years that have transpired since the release of untitled — and everything else in between. “This album addresses a lot about people and relationships,” Bo says. “A couple of these songs are about people I’ve grown close to in my life — and dealing with the fallout of their absence. Blue is the condensation of these two strange years comprising of people, relationships and heavy emotions.”

This is a band finding its footing in a vibrant and eclectic music scene, but their ambitions have moved past gathering local indie attention — in a rare move for a Singaporean indie rock band, Blue features songs sung in Mandarin, and with it, soaring synths, brooding guitars and a healthy dose of warm distortion. It’s a potent combination bound to make waves in the region.

The dynamics within the band have also changed. While Cosmic Child started out as a project spearheaded by Bo, this album features contributions from a fresh line-up of musicians, along with co-founding guitarist Daniel Pei. “He’s improved a lot on guitar since our previous album, listening to much more music — especially punk rock and emo,” Bo says. “So our guitar tones are much more distorted, compared to the cleaner, jangly sound of our previous album.”

Blue’s spirit is best encapsulated by its first single, ‘Blue / Green’, an anthemic pop song dipped with atonal guitars and an unshakeable rhythmic energy.

These songs were also written with the help of new bassist/vocalist Joanne and Zhe Ren (synths). “Joanne sings on this album, and it has definitely created a different kind of mood and energy to the band,” he explains.

 

 

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Listen! Jasmine Sokko drops No EP

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Jasmine Sokko just dropped her No EP on Spotify and iTunes, and upon first listen, it sounds excellent.

Jasmine will be launching her EP this Saturday, 5pm at the 4Fingers X EATMEPOPTART Presents: LOCALMOTION festival. Free admission via registration.

(from the press release)

The 5-track body of work No EP (pronounced as Number EP) bookmarks Jasmine Sokko’s journey since her debut single ‘1057’ in September 2016. The singer-producer has been hard at work throughout the year, polishing up the freshman project. Featuring previous single releases such as, ‘Porcupine’, ‘H2O’ and her breakout hit ‘1057’, the album includes the emotive ‘2D’ and new single ‘600D’ – an electro-pop number.

Jasmine Sokko talks about the release, “The No Extended Play constructs an identity through an episodic opposition to the structured and regulated society. It discusses an identity that is in conflict with the mainstream community but attempts to act in accordance with the majority through concealment of the true self. Each song represents different kinds of grief for the out-of-place identity.

Given that many aspects of the society are dictated by numbers; the extended play utilizes numeric to label song titles. This recurring theme transcends cultural barriers since numbers are arguably the most universal language. The term ‘No’ encapsulates the rebellious nature of the identity aforementioned. At the same time, functions as double entendre, representing the short form of the term ‘number’. ”

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TIME LINE by Amon Wong

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A live visualist for Bakers In Space and part of musical collective Astral & Co. Meet sonic artist, Amon Wong.

Whilst studying a BA in Electronic Music at LASALLE, he tells us he started toying with the idea of creating narratives through electronic mediums. “With the systems I have since developed, the audio and visuals are never self-reliant nor completely predictable; on the contrary, they come together as a result of those systems communicating with each other. Using abstract musical patterns and visuals that react with each other simultaneously, what might seem random at first will reveal itself as a carefully orchestrated exploration of aural and visual textures.”

In a live exhibition on 29 September at Artistry, Amon will treat us to an audiovisual experience that draws from multiple genres of electronic music and visual artists. We asked him to talk us through the performance.

“TIME LINE is the chronicle of my academic journey through my years in LASALLE. Every piece is sequentially more complex than the other and this live performance explores the integration of sound and visuals controlled by algorithm sequencing in real-time on stage. The work draws musical inspiration from glitch, IDM, progressive and ambient music and relates them in a visual form that blurs the boundary between the two creative fields.”

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