You could say that I’ve been following the career of Inch Chua for quite awhile, since 2007, in fact. And it has always been heartening to see the tremendous strides this young, talented, driven lady has made in those five years. Her latest achievement? Hitting the target of her crowd-funding album project with time to spare. I can safely say that I have not been too surprised by any of this – I have always believed that Inch could achieve virtually anything she put her mind to and her hard work and creative enterprise has borne fruit.
That all said, I am impressed with the great leaps she has taken with respect to her songwriting. Listening to the new songs – due to be featured on sophomore effort Bumfuzzle – and supported by a crack band of musicians – it’s clear that she has invested the blood, sweat and tears into songs like “Gaudi”, “Chefalo Knot” and “Artful Dodger” where unlikely chord progressions, inventive motifs and pummeling rhythms demonstrate the growth of Inch from girly songwriter to alt-rock ingenue.
So even as Inch returns to L.A. to complete work on the new album, it’s comforting to realize that indeed there is more to come from the ‘It Girl’ of the Singapore indie music scene and a quiet assurance that not only will she live up to that moniker but somehow someway she will continue to surprise and please us all in the years still to come…
Thanks to Eugenie Yeo/Riot Records! for making this review possible.