Friday, August 22, 2014

Pleasantry Releases Debut Album


Pleasantry launch their much anticipated debut album tonight at Esplanade Recital Studio.

Explore and navigate the dissonance with Singapore’s indie darlings through a synaesthetic experience, in collaboration with Super System (SSYSTM) and Hylman & Farhan of Fhage [Visuals] and Marc Gabriel Loh [Art Direction].

Pleasantry is Isa Ong, Samantha Teng, Ahmad Ariff, Daniaal Adam, Adel Rashid and Haziq Hussain.

Date: Friday, 22 August 2014
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio
Tickets: $25 (excluding booking fee) from SISTIC

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ShiGGa Shay Releases New Single And Music Video


You might remember him as the Singaporean rapper who brought you "LimPeh", the catchy Singaporean Youtube hit from last year, that combined Hokkien dialect, Mandarin and English.

ShiGGa Shay is back with his new single and music video, "Lion City Kia" (featuring LINEATH and Akeem). This is the debut single from his upcoming as-yet-untitled new full-length album, due out in mid October.

Some of the cameo appearances in the video include Chua Enlai, Patricia Mok, Jade Seah, Jack & Rai, Rosalyn Lee and Tosh Rock.



Amanda Tee And Nelson At Esplanade Concourse


Amanda Tee and Nelson, who both released their latest EPs on National Day, are performing tonight and tomorrow at the Esplanade Concourse. The duo are performing two half hour sets, at 7:15pm and 8:15pm. Admission is free.





Amanda Tee - "I Can Feel You There" (feat. Nelson)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blue Hawaii Performing at Life Is Beautiful


Montreal electronic duo Blue Hawaii is heading to Singapore for a one-night only show this September.

Raphaelle Standell-Preston and Alex "Agor" Cowan released their debut EP, "Blooming Summer" in 2010, and album, "Untogether" in 2013.

Date: Sunday, 14 September 2014
Doors open: 8pm
Venue: Life Is Beautiful (99 Duxton Road)
Tickets: $30 (standard), $40 (at the door) via http://bluehawaii.peatix.com


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kelvin Tan Releases Box Set


Singaporean improvisation musician, guitarist and singer-songwriter Kelvin Tan is turning 50 on 22 August 2014 and is marking the milestone with the release of a 5-CD 50-song box set titled "The 50". The digital albums is released today at http://kelvintan50.bandcamp.com/ and can be bought as individual albums while the limited-edition physical box set will be released on Kelvin's birthday and retailing at $50 exclusively at Room For Dessert (62, Somme Road (www.roomfordessert.com.sg).

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Piblokto Performing At Esplanade Concourse


Piblokto is a solo project by Singapore guitarist and tunesmith Alexius Cai. Alexius has been writing material for his debut album for over two years. Colorless Fields was released in the first quarter of 2014, with songs traversing a myriad of emotions through sparse time signatures and adroit chord shifts. The melodies evoke both a sense of longing and loss, reminiscent of folk legend Nick Drake’s early works.

With the help of Sean Lam (Concave Scream / Hanging Up The Moon) and Evan Tan, Piblokto will be playing 3 short sets (half hour each) at the Esplanade Concourse.

Date: 23 August 2014
Time: 5:15pm, 6:15pm and 7:15pm
Venue: Esplanade Concourse
Entry: Free


Pleasantry Performing At the Esplanade Recital Studio


Following the release of their "Inhabit" EP in March, Pleasantry launch their much anticipated debut album at Esplanade with a little help from friends who have accompanied them on their journey to date.

Explore and navigate the dissonance with Singapore’s indie darlings through a synaesthetic experience, in collaboration with Super System (SSYSTM) and Hylman & Farhan of Fhage [Visuals] and Marc Gabriel Loh [Art Direction].

Pleasantry is Isa Ong, Samantha Teng, Ahmad Ariff, Daniaal Adam, Adel Rashid and Haziq Hussain.

Date: Friday, 22 August 2014
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio
Tickets: $25 (excluding booking fee) from SISTIC

Pleasantry - "Owls"

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Nelson and Amanda Releasing Double EP on National Day


He’s released two mandarin albums previously, and plays for bands like In Each Hand a Cutlass and Tujuhband, and has sessioned for various acts including Kevin Mathews and many others.

She’s known as that ‘upside-down’ guitar player, her songwriting style was comparable to that of Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega.

Both Nelson Tan and Amanda Tee have been in the local music circuit for more than a decade each, and one fine day they decided to do a double-EP release.

Slated to launch on 9th August 2014 (yes, National Day itself!), Nelson and Amanda are excited to bring you some fresh tunes from their EPs, titled “NELSON” and “Amnesiac” respectively. “NELSON” is Nelson’s debut English EP, and has lots of catchy tunes that will make you start groovin’ without even noticing it. Some of them even have a touch of humour in them – enough to have you sniggering at parts of the songs.

“Amnesiac” is Amanda’s second EP, and her music has evolved since her debut EP in 2011. The folk aspect remains, with her songs driven mainly by the acoustic guitar and vocals, but the addition of other instruments as managed to bring the dynamics of her songs up several notches. If you’re wondering how the two of them are going to sound together, feel free to head down to their launch event!

Nelson & Amanda Double EP Launch
Date: 9 August 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Hood Bar & Café

Amanda Tee - "I Can Feel You There" (feat. Nelson)



Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Observatory Releasing New Album On 15 August


The Observatory is releasing their new album, "Oscilla", on 15 August 2014.

Two years after its last studio album, "Catacombs", and fresh from their amazing Transitions tour, the band is back with a new album that features latest members, Cheryl Ong (drums/percussion) and Yuen Chee Wai (synth/electronics).

Leslie Low said, "Oscilla songs were inspired while on the road with MoE. So I immediately think of them and how their music affected me every night. It felt natural to gravitate towards a heavier and harder approach with our songs. We have a lot of pent up frustration. It’s good to play material that stretches you beyond your own limits."

"We went completely DIY on this one. Much as we wanted to return to Norway and record with Jørgen Træen, our long-term producer-collaborator, we just could not afford it this time. So, as we’ve done for the past 3 albums, we recorded the tracks live with the help of Justin Seah, a friend of ours and an incredible engineer. This became the first time we recorded live, an entire album in our own rehearsal space, The Black Axis," said Vivian Wang.

You can pre-order the album now from www.theobservatory.com.sg. Album formats are  more comprehensive this time with a limited Colour Vinyl release alongside regular Black Vinyl LPs, CDs and for the very first time, a limited run of Cassettes with free download.

Sapporo Safaris Releases New EP


Sapporo Safaris has released their second EP, "Is It Just Another Day" on physical CD as well as on bandcamp. The five-track EP was launched at Hood Bar on 12 July 2014. You can order the physical CD from their bandcamp site.