Day: October 5, 2015

GEEK OUT! ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGSGEEK OUT! ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS

The new TV season is upon us geeks – even as Fear The Walking Dead and The Strain end their respective storylines for the time being (both will definitely be back), The Leftovers returns.

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Considering how popular The Walking Dead is, it’s no surprise that this spin-off did well in terms of viewership. Fear the Walking Dead was a disappointment though and never got near to the intensity, drama and characterisation that its parent series managed in its powerful debut season (which was also only six episodes).

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The Strain‘s second season was rather mixed. Plotlines were left dangling, women characters were killed off & still we are nowhere closer to resolving key issues.

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Now, I enjoyed the polarising quasi-religious HBO series The Leftovers and am glad to report that Season 2 is off to a great start by introducing a new town and a new family into the storyline before more familiar faces turn up. As usual, all the weird elements remain intact – goat sacrifice in a diner, anyone? – with ominous undertones bubbling under the surface wonderfully.

SINGLE REVIEW: MAL BLUM – ROBERT FROSTSINGLE REVIEW: MAL BLUM – ROBERT FROST

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A literary reference as a title. A verse melody that sounds like it should have been on the Juno soundtrack. A rather functional chorus tune that borders on being dangerously infectious. All with a charming lofi production that makes it painfully obvious where the source of inspiration comes from.

So yes, this Anti-folk/Pop-rock hybrid ditty is clearly aimed at a particular audience (misfit nerdy teens?) and the cutesy video (with Brocollini the dog!) rather seals the deal as well.

If all this is making sense, then you are going to like Mal Blum and her new album – You Look A Lot Like Me – what’s not to like about music made on its own terms?

LIVE REVIEW: THE NOISE MUSIC MENTORSHIP CONCERTS – FYM SUMMER BRINGS IN THE WINTERLIVE REVIEW: THE NOISE MUSIC MENTORSHIP CONCERTS – FYM SUMMER BRINGS IN THE WINTER

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Contrary to her name, local singer-songwriter Fym Summer sounded nothing that could remind you of the sun, sand or the salty breeze of summer season. Her performance at the Esplanade Concourse on Sunday, as part of the Noise Singapore 2015 Music Mentorship Concerts, was more like a nice winter’s day.

Decked in black from head to toe, Fym, who has been singing since 2003, enchanted the 40-member audience in the arts venue’s cozy area with her vocals, which swung from sounding sweet and dreamy (“Dream” and “July”) to haunting and dreary (“Wolf”).

She stood on stage with her acoustic guitar, accompanied by two musician friends – one played a melodica while the other another guitar. There was an air of melancholia around her as she moodily serenaded mainly about love, herself, and her sister (“Love”), during her 30-minute set.

The grandparents, young families and youngsters in the audience seemed captivated by her singing, keeping quiet and attentive throughout. However, things took an awkward turn during intervals when she switched to chirpy chattiness, leaving the audience somewhat in shock, speechless and unresponsive, each time.

Fym Summer was one of the 18 acts to perform as part of the mentorships concerts, and she was one of eight who were lucky to get two mentors. Her’s were guitarist Randolf Arriola and singer Vanessa Fernandez.

It would be nice to hear her project her voice better or perhaps, show off hints of soulful vocal dynamics she might have learned from Fernandez.

(Nurul Azliah)

Azliah recently completed my WRITING ABOUT ROCK MUSIC course. Find out more from KAMCO Music