Anechois – Circles

Circles, as the name suggests, is in many ways geometrically inspired: repeating sequences, tessellating guitar lines, elliptical time signatures form Anechois’ bordering-on obsessive brand of progressive rock. It is a beautifully concise record, in that not a single note, beat or word appears excessive.

In this seven-track EP, released for Lomography’s Blue Hour Sessions, Anechois seems to be seeking a sense of clarity above all – instead of obscuring or obfuscating, as is the temptation for many technically sophisticated bands, the songs are illuminatingly transparent. The acoustic guitar figures, especially in ‘Emma’, sound especially blithe and pure; set against a susurrus of synths, they break forth in simple and liberated joy. There is, however, an undercurrent of pensive awareness, a vague sense of fleeting: a lyric in ‘Reverse’ goes, ‘If only I could see your smile, it hides when the dawn breaks.’

Anechois maintains an acute grasp of balance throughout, with vocals that are sparsely spaced, amidst dense and thickening textures. The standout track ‘Thumbprints’, is driven by a rhythmic, punctuating bass, which builds up to the climax of the EP – a beatific brilliance of sound that is fully and suddenly unleashed. The vocals of frontman Haziq echo resoundingly. The effect is incredibly cinematic; it’s easy to lose yourself in its midst.

The songs are lyrically fragmented, terse and vague. There’s some sense of contemplation, as if one were observing the world from a distance, a detached abstractedness. There are some meaningful turns of phrase: ‘We are running around in circles, but we barely reach the surface’ in the titular track, hints at the meaninglessness, or circularity, of routine, which possibly is the very essence of the EP.

This third EP from Anechois seems in some way to reflect the raw, pure side of the band, capturing a touching honesty that is more apparent than in their previous releases. It takes several listens to fully appreciate their remarkable technique and skill, so effortlessly rendered; there is also a meticulous attention to detail throughout. This is a record that deserves to be put on repeat.

Listen to: ‘Emma’, ‘Thumbprints’, ‘Circles’

Thumbprints:

By Li Shuen Lam

ANECHOIS and Paris In The Making – Polymorphous EP

A couple of weeks ago, we got some news that ANECHOIS and Paris In The Making were teaming up to release a split EP. And, having listened to it recently, all we can say is that we’re extremely proud of these boys. You might have heard some of these tracks at some of their more recent shows like Sayonara Superboy, but it’s nice to finally be able to listen to the tracks whenever and wherever we want.

The first track off the EP, Paris In The Making’s ‘Entity’, opens with a certain stillness and tranquillity from its sparse guitars, before the rest of the band enters in full form, led by Salihin Sadon’s harsh vocals. Immediately, the track is transformed into a whole ‘nother animal and remains in all of its force before ending off with some samples.

‘Origins’ — now this is the true gem from PITM on Polymorphous. The entire song is a beautiful, slow and steady build up, consisting of  instrumentals until it reaches a breakdown in the middle of the song, which puts one in a calming mood. It then steadily goes back to building up the rest of the song, and at the same time, sends you a wave of emotions as you’re listening to the track, before ending it on a high note with Sadon’s powerful vocals.

‘Love and Serenity’ and ‘Future’, both of which are part of the Side B of the EP and ANECHOIS’s newer songs, which they have played at recent shows, continue to get us off our seats and move along to the energy of these tracks. In ‘Love and Serenity’, the odd time signatures combined with the amount of stress put on the guitars on this track causes one to just fall in love with the enthusiasm and simplicity of this track.

‘Future’ starts off on a brighter note, with some light-hearted guitar riffs that you can’t help but to smile to. The bass-line on this track is the most infectious and evident throughout the whole EP. The line which Haziq sings, comes forth as a sort of anthem that one can sing along to and at the same time connects the listener to the band’s feelings and energy. The track closes with a kind of fervor; the instrumentals blending together, along with a synth line complementing the track at the end.

Now we get down to the title track of the EP, ‘Polymorphous’ which is, put simply: amazing. The final track of the split EP, it masterfully combines the elements, influences, and growth of both bands in just under ten minutes. Haziq’s vocals come in first, with a softness that later alludes to Salihin’s more powerful vocals, carrying the track to a powerful end and providing a close to the EP.

We can say that the hard work from both bands is evident throughout the EP, and we are definitely excited to see what both bands, respectively, have in store for us in the future.

8/10

Polymorphous:


By Irfan Margono

ANECHOIS and Paris in The Making announce split EP and tour dates

Two Singaporean bands have teamed up to release a split EP, a five-track digital release by ANECHOIS and Paris In The Making, including the collaborative title track called ‘Polymorphous‘.

To coincide with the release, the bands will be touring three countries together, with a hometown show in Singapore followed by four dates in Indonesia, and a one-off show in Kuala Lumpur.

Drawing from elements of progressive and math-rock, ANECHOIS has quickly gained a reputation for their mad live shows that run the gamut from spine-chilling stillness to back-breaking intensity since forming in 2011. It could only have been a natural collaboration with nine-year-old band Paris In The Making, who infuse elements of post-rock, shoegaze, and modern classical music into their sound.

It is not too common that our Singaporean musicians tour throughout the region, and what makes this all the more remarkable is that the joint effort between the two bands has seen them self-produce (at times, in guitarist/vocalist Haziq Hussain’s “cosy room”, according to liner notes) and self-release their split EP, as well as book the whole six-date tour by themselves — an impressive effort that will no doubt begin to highlight these serious musicians in the region.

With the bubble of popularity post-rock music is currently enjoying, the Polymorphous tour is sure to be a success.

Watch the EP teaser here:
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Polymorphous track list:

1. Paris In The Making – Entity
2. Paris In The Making – Origins
3. ANECHOIS – Love and Serenity
4. ANECHOIS – Future
5. ANECHOIS and Paris In The Making – Polymorphous

Polymorphous tour dates:

13th November – Lithe Paralogue, Singapore
14th November – Maitin Resto & Lounge, Jakarta
15th November – Wisata Air Gajah Depa, Sumedang
16th November – Aula Fakultas Pertanian Unsoed, Purwekoto
17th November – Kampus SICMA Uny, Yogyakarta
30th November – Audio Mass Studio, Kuala Lumpur

Polymorphous is available now on Bandcamp.

By Katherine Pollock

Fred Perry’s Sub-Sonic Live returns to Singapore this November

Fred Perry’s Sub-Sonic Live is returning to Singapore next month for its fourth edition, following the success of the brand’s 60th anniversary celebrations last year and two extremely unique events held earlier in the year in June and August.

With expectations set high on the back of the brand’s previous always-surprising events, there was pressure to outdo this year, and that is exactly what they have done — this time, quite literally turning the prefix “sub-” into a physical reality.

Held at Offside, a 30,000 sqft space under the Thomson Flyover and futsal park by day, the venue will see the space transformed into a subterranean enclave of three distinct performance areas to accommodate the eight musical acts that will perform at the event.

The local and international acts running the gamut this year range from intimate, angular post-rock discord, to disco soul food — with special international guests Ra Ra Riot leading the line-up at the now-expectedly unconventional venue.

Local post-progressive outfit ANECHOIS, post-rockers sub:shaman with live brass collective Horns, and Malaysian electro quintent Enterprise, will all play back to back with precocious singer-songwriter These Brittle Bones and the pint-sized, folk-pop pixie Hilary Yang, while vinyl stalwarts #vinyloftheday showcase their style: wax-only.

New York chamber pop band Ra Ra Riot will also be playing at the inaugural Camp Symmetry festival held the following day at The Meadow, Gardens By the Bay.

Sub-Sonic Live
with Ra Ra Riot, ANECHOIS, These Brittle Bones, sub:shaman with brass collective Horns, Enterprise (MY), and Hilary Yang
1 November 2013
Offside (2 Whitley Road)

Registration for invitations is open here. Successful registrants will receive a confirmation email within 7 working days.

By Katherine Pollock

Lomography’s Blue Hour Sessions to put spotlight on Singapore music and art scene

Lomography Singapore has just announced the Blue Hour Sessions, a 6-part series featuring collaborations with local bands and graphic artists with an aim to document ground-breaking work in the local music scene.

Drawn from the French expression l’heure bleue, ‘The Blue Hour’ refers to the time before nightfall when the sun slips from sight and the sky falls into a deep blue – traditionally, this hour of day is seen to hold special significance because of the possibilities for unexpected collisions, liaisons and delirium.

From 13 November to 14 April, the Blue Hour Sessions will take place on the last Saturday of the month, with each session turning the spotlight on collaborative efforts between some of the most exciting bands and graphic artists of our generation.

Expect live sets with visual and audio installations, as well as the launch of special edition EPs (limited to a first-run of 36 copies) featuring rough cuts, unreleased demos, analogue prints, and zine artwork by the bands and graphic artists themselves.

Other Sounds is proud to be official online media partner of the the Blue Hour Sessions as it aims to put the spotlight back on local bands and graphic artists.

Blue Hour Sessions schedule

23 November
Tiramisu x fFurious
.gif x M-D-R-N
7nightsatsea x Heider of SSYSTM x Allison Marie Low

21 December
MUON x William Chan of TMRRW
Bani Haykal x Kristal Melson x SUSEJ

18 January
HEIZENBERG x Brandon Tay of Syndicate
Dream State Vision x StudioKALEIDO

22 February
sub:shaman x Marc Gabriel Loh
Space Days x Afiq Omar of Syndicate

29 March
Pleasantry x FROMPAMM
ANECHOIS x Izyanti Asa’ari x Wu Jun Han
Ellipsis x Ban-Fam

3 May
Astreal x MAKE
MONSTER CAT x DO NOT DESIGN x Afiq Omar of Syndicate
Chöd x Philipp Aldrup
Zirconia (feat. X’ho + Yeow of Zircon Lounge) x WHITELABEL x Lasse Marhaug

Update (17/12/13):

The Blue Hour Sessions exhibition and live showcases will now be held at Home Club:

27 December
MUON x William Chan of TMRRW
Dream State Vision x StudioKALEIDO

17 January
HEIZENBERG x Brandon Tay of Syndicate
Bani Haykal x  Kristal Melson

21 February
sub:shaman x Marc Gabriel Loh
Space Days x Afiq Omar of Syndicate

28 March
Pleasantry x FROMPAMM
ANECHOIS x Izyanti Asa’ari x Wu Jun Han
Ellipsis x Ban-Fam

2 May
Astreal x MAKE
MONSTER CAT x DO NOT DESIGN x Afiq Omar of Syndicate
Chöd x Philipp Aldrup

*Dates and line-ups are subject to change

By Katherine Pollock

Identite: 10.3 – Sayonara Superboy

with Amateur Takes Control, I Am David Sparkle, Pleasantry, Silhouette, Cashew Chemists, ANECHOIS,  sub:shaman, Plainsunset, 7nightsatsea, Paris In The Making, [.gif]

Home Club
28 July 2013

Photos by Amali Effendy, Jared Rezel
(ATC photos by Joshua Loh)

Identite – The 100th show @ Home Club (12.07.13)

Just last week, we had the chance to speak to Razi Razak, the man behind the Identite series at Home Club every Friday night. It has certainly come a long way; the series’ hundredth show was celebrated last Friday, 12 July.

With ten bands on the bill, some of whom we’ve seen at previous Identite gigs, the event may have sounded like it would have been a massive affair. However, staying true to itself, the relatively small venue coupled with the informality of the bands made the event feel personal and intimate, especially with line-up of homegrown bands.

Armed with a ticket-entitled free beer, we caught the first act, Bravepaper. The singer-songwriter, aka Chris Tang, set the mood with a couple of his acoustic originals and even treated us to a Copeland and Circa Survive cover. The problem with starting off the show with an acoustic set, unfortunately, was that quite a number of people were still hanging around outside, unaware that the show had started. Nonetheless, he still managed to give us the chill vibes and get us ready for all the music that to come.

As soon as Bravepaper had ended his set, Tall Mountains started theirs at the main stage across the room. The two-stage setup was pretty neat, and ensured that all the bands would be able to play immediately without having to spend time setting up after one another. But this also meant that there was no break for the crowd; if we needed to get out to use the washroom or have a smoke, we would miss a few songs.

Sydney Yeo, more commonly known as Tall Mountains, managed to bring most of the crowd into the room as she played her folk pop songs alongside her band, which included a violin, adding an entirely different dimension to the music. A highlight was the mash-up they did with Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me A River’.

Surprisingly, the crowd at this point was still rather quiet for a Friday night; perhaps a tiring day at work or school? To our amusement, Sydney encouraged everyone to drink up, and we did so compliantly.

Exhibitors was up next at the acoustic stage. They dished out several covers like Ellie Goulding’s ‘Lights’, Paramore’s ‘My Heart’ & Emarosa’s ‘A Toast To The Future Kids’. It was their first time ever playing an acoustic set, which became apparent in terms of the almost messy set. However, there was something different about Exhibitors that made everyone happier and the environment more generally enjoyable. It began to feel like the earlier days of Home Club’s gigs, where bands really just played for the fun of it, perfection be damned.

I was highly anticipating the next band to come on — Two Seas. Rather new to the scene, they gave us a really energetic set. The band was tight and the screams, courtesy of vocalist Jerald Giam, added another level of emotion to their experimental sounds. I later caught up with drummer Zakhran Khan, who also designs the band’s art. He stated plainly to me that they do not like being labeled in any particular genre of music, so, for the purpose of this review, I’ll just say that I enjoyed Two Seas’ eclectic sound; they are definitely a band to look out for regardless of what genre you usually listen to.

Rezzarezzarezza’s soulful acoustic set was up next. Afiq Rezza, the man behind the music, looked and sounded incredibly suave with a certain swag in the way he played and sang. However, this was the mid point in the gig and many went out for a break.

Soon after his set, Aspectrum was up at the main stage. Fresh off their EP launch and new branding, these boys really put on an engaging show. One notable performance was their cover of Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Don’t You Worry Child’, which got the crowd passionately involved. They’ve definitely grown a lot since their time as Godzilla.

Mannequins decorated the acoustic stage with their life-sized mannequin, similar to their set-up at Baybeats earlier this year. It was nice to catch them again, and it was nice to see them mixing it up with an acoustic set instead of their usual full band set up. This did not, however, stop them from sounding full and clear. Their set was also filled with energy, as the crowd sang along.

Following Mannequins, The Auditory Effect hit the main stage. Watching them again at Identite, I expected their very full-sounding music to be supported by synth effects and drum beats, but they impressed me even more when they played a song that featured dark house beats. They had an aura of Muse, but with a more experimental edge.

Over at the other side, Yuji of Cashew Chemists wrapped up the acoustic sets for the night. With his Gibson acoustic guitar, he serenaded the audience with some pret-tee smooth vocals. The chill vibes came back as we stood there, transfixed by his performance. He played several of his own originals and then covered a Cashew Chemists song, ‘Over You’ to finish up. Thereafter, our nerves were calmed as we prepared for the grand finale.

Now this was the band that many had been waiting the whole night for. ANECHOIS played a really, really good set. As always, they put so emotion into their performance and music; watching them was like going on an emotional adventure through the soundscapes of post-rock. Many were just absorbed in their music as they played both familiar and new songs, all executed with technical brilliance. They were so well-received that everyone wanted more, forcing the organisers to let them play one more song. Guest vocalist Myn eventually came up to assist them, and they ended the night on a high.

Identite is always going to have a special place within the local music scene. It has been extremely successful at providing a space for new and rising bands to perform, old bands to rehearse new material, and for us gig-goers to discover and appreciate new music. This hundredth show may have been a long one, but it certainly showed us that the local music scene is alive and thriving, and isn’t something that should be at all underestimated or neglected.

By Jared Rezel

The Caulfield Cult announce new album and release show

The Caulfield Cult will be releasing their second album, Things Can Only Get Worse From Here as a cassette and digital download via Rooftop Records in the US on 4th June, as well as 12″ vinyl via Don’t Shoot The Messenger in the UK on 10th June.

The album was produced by Leonard Soosay at Snakeweed Studios, and was recorded from January to March this year.
The band have also announced a release show for the album at Blujaz Cafe, with supporting bands Abolition A.D., A Town In Fear, Anechois, and For Better Endings.

 

Caulfield Cult Flyer

Track list:

01 Phony
02 Kings In the Back Row
03 Everything We Ever Did
04 Great Scott
05 Drought
06 Etched
07 You Are Good
08 Nothing Works Out In the End
09 Pockets

The Caulfield Cult
with Abolition A.D., A Town In Fear, Anechois and For Better Endings
Bluejaz Cafe
Monday, 15 June
7pm
$10 at the door

By Izzan Haziq