SINGAPORE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT | SUB:SHAMAN – APNEA

“Progressive rock”. A music genre born, nurtured & killed over 40 years ago. Which oddly enough appears to apply to whatever you want to call the music made by sub:shaman on its new album, apnea.

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POWER OF POP INTERVIEW: SA – GOING WITH THE FLOW

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Photography – Rebecca Toh Styling – ArmCollective

It’s a brave new (music) world as far as SA is concerned. Founded in 2010, the band takes its name from Northern Chinese dialect, 仨, which means three, as a tribute to their traditional Chinese roots though all three are Singaporeans.

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LIVE NEWS: ASIAN MEETING FESTIVAL IN COLLABORATION WITH PLAYFREELY PRESENTS CLOSER TO THE EDGE

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Closer to the Edge is the fourth incantation of Playfreely done in collaboration with Japan’s Asian Meeting Festival (AMF) and with event partner The Projector.

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BLURB-O-RAMA FT. PEOPLE AND STARS, COOL GHOULS, COSMONAUTS, INTROFLIRT & CARA AND MIKE GANGLOFF WITH THE GREAT AMERICAN DRONE ORCHESTRA

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New albums you might want to check out, PoP fan! 

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ALBUM REVIEW: BRIAN ENO – THE SHIP

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One of popular music’s most influential and innovative figures, musician/composer/record producer/singer/writer Brian Eno has been responsible for some of the most cutting-edge music ever made. On The Ship, Eno once more develops the musical form he pioneered, ambient electronica.

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ALBUM REVIEW: DAVID BOWIE – BLACKSTAR

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The legendary David Bowie thrilled all his fans with his fabulous comeback album The Next Day back in 2013 and diehards have been hoping and praying that the LP was not a one-off. Thankfully, Bowie is back with a new album for 2016 – Blackstar!

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GEEK OUT! FILM REVIEW – THE LOBSTER

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More avant-garde/speculative fiction/fantasy than outright scifi, Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster is a triumph of imaginative allegory. There is a strong message running through the narrative that somewhat loses steam in the third act. The set-up though is well conceptualised.

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THE OBSERVATORY PRESENTS STAER, BLACK PACKERS & THE PSALMS

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Noise for noise’s sake

With Singapore indie pop music on the ascendancy, it is important not to neglect alternative music that embraces more artistic and esoteric values. Whilst the success of indie pop in Singapore will still be judged by the usual key performance indicators like number of digital downloads, ticket sales, radio play, Facebook likes and Twitter followers, this form of so-called art-rock deserves to be embraced on its own terms – art for art’s sake. In that respect, local art-rock collective The Observatory has taken the lead in not only organizing its own gigs but also curating music events that aim to expose Singapore audiences to new sounds viz, the Playfreely series of 6 shows and MOHA! in 2011 and for this year, the 3 day event Playfreely II, MoE (as part of the Transitions tour).

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PLAYFREELY+ 2014 [NEWS]

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“And now for something completely different…” – Monty Python

Three days of workshops, a panel discussion, deejay sets, and three intense sessions that bring together musicians from diverse genres and backgrounds to experiment in spontaneous group composition. This is what one can expect from Playfreely+ to be run over this coming weekend.

Playfreely+ is presented by The Observatory, in partnership with Ujikaji. Supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore, norsk jazz forum, Music Norway, Mackie, Electronics & Engineering Pte. Ltd.

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