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.




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’. ”


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.”


Listen! Flight by Mind Vs Matter

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In advance of the EP launch at the end of the month, we would like to share two gorgeous tracks from Samuel Ong’s forthcoming FLIGHT EP.

(from the press release)

Mind vs Matter (MVM) is Samuel Ong, an instrumental/alternative rock artist from Singapore, set to make his debut in 2017. Marrying hard hitting sounds with entrancing ambience, MVM bridges the gap across a spectrum of musical styles.

The EP – Flight, is sincere and emotive; in its delivery of a mesmerising, sonic experience. Featuring a labyrinth of woven instrumental sections, Flight creates melodies worthy of undisputed triumph.

30 September, 7pm at Aliwal Arts Centre. See you there!


Listen! What You’re Feeling Is Not Enough


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“Sorry, I Got Carried Away” is a track off TypeWriter‘s upcoming five-song EP, What You’re Feeling Is Not Enough.

The EP launch will be held at the Esplanade Annexe Studio on 9 September, with supporting band Lost Weekend and DJ collective Tiko Disko.

(from the press release)

“What You’re Feeling Is Not Enough” marks the band’s latest EP in seven years. Formed in 2001, the band returns with a more invigorating sound palette, while still retaining that emotional fortitude and keeping it real through their unabashedly honest songwriting.

“What You’re Feeling Is Not Enough” is TypeWriter taking that leap of faith to venture into the unchartered territory – exploring new sonic palettes and music experimentations, while revelling in the quirks that make us human, through the five songs carefully selected for their latest EP in seven years.

“We hope our songs can provide comfort to this noisy confusion of daily living, and the strength to never brush off our feelings, no matter how difficult those feelings are. As a band, we are always looking for ways to push ourselves as artists and to keep it real and honest, never to be afraid to give our heart and soul in the things we love. That’s how we grow and evolve as a band and as unique individuals,” muses the band’s frontman Yee Chang Kang on the overall concept of the EP.

Taking on more artistic adventures, the EP serves as a testament to the band’s musical diversity, as evident from the hypnotic opening slow burner “Everything Is Classified”, to the soaring power pop epic “Gentle Wind” (featuring Rachel Tan of Lost Weekend on vocals), to the poignant yet uplifting first single “Sorry, I Got Carried Away”.

Digital format and limited-edition heavyweight coloured vinyl will be out on 8 September 2017.


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