Basically, this is the solo recording project of Saiful Idris of the now-defunct Great Spy Experiment. Seven years in the making with everything you hear performed by Saiful, except for Bani Hidir helping out on drums here and there. Produced by The E’s and Leonard Soosay.
Everything you ever loved about mid-2000s pop-rock – the high octane mix of the post-punk revival, sophisticated pop melodies & alt-rock sensibilities. Hypnotic guitar patterns and atmospheric synths combine meaningfully to produce a heady sonic experience.
The Killers, Interpol, The Strokes.
In the absence of new material from The Great Spy Experiment, Memories of Melancholic Horses is the next best thing. For the Singapore music scene, it is a gentle reminder of how awesome emotionally resonant pop-rock can be. Truly inspiring work.
Available on iTunes and all good digital platforms from 11 April 2016.