Over time, Doves & Ravens have accumulated some pretty solid emotional currency for their songwriting. For one, it is clear that they are comfortable with exploring the themes of romance and heartbreak. And while their songs are lyrically familiar, the band attempts to shakes things up with their instrumentation by either exploring the subtleties of open space or by laying down a groovy backbeat.
The band’s debut album, Wonder, is set for release today – and the band will be celebrating it’s release tomorrow at the Aliwal Arts Centre. Four-piece quartet The Façade will be opening the event. Tickets are available via Peatix: http://dnrwonderlive.peatix.com/
03. Make Believe
04. Move On
05. Not Soon Enough
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‘After All’ is the latest single off Malaysian artist OJ Law‘s fourth album, Let’s be Adult.
The video stars Malaysian personality Patrick Teoh – who might also be familiar with Singaporeans for his appearances on Mediacorp dramas over the years. Teoh brilliantly portrays a man getting ready for a date in a light-hearted, almost tongue-in-cheek manner.
The video is directed by Gavin Yap and features the cinematography of Khairil M Bahar. The trio also previously worked on the short film, The Incredibly Strange Tale of The Man Who Lost His Love But Bought it Back With A Packet of Duck Rice.
OJ Law’s fourth album Let’s Be Adult is available for purchase on both physical and digital formats via Bandcamp.
Moments before their blistering set at Hood Bar & Cafe for TROPOS 1.0 by ATMOS, I was able to have quick chat with instrumental rock trio, Earthmover, on their music, the Filipino music scene and why every music loving person should give the Doom Jazz genre a listen.
F: Having known each other since childhood, what is it like now that you have a band and you get to tour and travel together?
Gerald: It’s the best really.
Daniel: It’s very easy. We know each other so well. And everyone’s funny in their own way. They’re both funny. I think I’m funny.
Dru: Since we were little we have been dreaming of going overseas and playing, touring, becoming famous.
Gerald: Yeah, we used to daydream about this a whole lot.
Daniel: I expect that if it’s a non-stop tour of Europe or North America it’s going to be hard. But coming to a place like Singapore… sometimes it feels like we’re on holiday.
F: I’m very sure touring in the Philippines is just as fun.
Gerald: Oh yes. Sometimes we play outside the city, but most of our gigs are within the city.
Dru: Yes, within Metro Manila. It’s usually a bar tour.
Daniel: And we have a community there. Of course when you’re first starting out, it’s a little hard because you need to go out there and prove something. But if you play nicely and are friendly, it gets easier. Naturally.
F: Can you name some Filipino acts for us to check out?
Daniel: Surrogate Prey, a sludge band. Doom Sludge actually.
Gerald: My brother has a band. They’re called Tonight We Sleep and play pretty regularly back home. I’d say they’re an emotional rock band. Not emo, but emotional rock – music makes you feel all sorts of feelings.
Dru: I feel that there are just so many good bands! If you like instrumental rock, listen to tide/edit or Sound Architects. If you’re into screamo check out Lions & Acrobats. If you’re into pop music that makes you dance there’s also Autotelic. We work with some of these bands because Dan works in a recording studio. So we get to meet them as they make their albums. Or sometimes we meet bands when we play or watch gigs.
Daniel: Yeah making records is actually really fun because you get to know the members of these bands personally because you spend lots of hours, drunk hours, late hours at the studio.
F: And you guys will soon be spending a lot of time in the studio yourselves. Aren’t you planning to release an album?
Dru: Yes, we’re in the middle of recording our next album. We’re just finalising and polishing our new songs now. Then, we’ll start to camp in the studio. We want to start recording in April or May. And hopefully we’ll have the album out by August or September this year. It’s going to be a lot more heavy.
Daniel: Oh yes, we want to make it heavier and darker. So far there’s a dark, somewhat sinister feel to it.
F: If you had to name one memorable gig – just one out of the many you’ve had – what will it be?
Gerald: For me it was when we opened for Caspian.
Daniel: Oh yeah.
Gerald: It was a dream come true. Playing for a band we idolise and having really good sound on stage. It was really memorable.
Daniel: We played and even sounded flawless that night. And we were opening for two great bands – And So I Watch You From Afar and Caspian. After the show we were still buzzing with excitement, we couldn’t really believe it.
F: I can tell that Caspian is definitely a band that inspires and influences you guys. What other bands influence your sound and your music?
Daniel: Deftones. They are our biggest influence. We grew up listening to them, way back in high school. You can hear it in our sound. It’s never left us.
Dru: People who listen to Deftones can relate to us very easily.
Daniel: We don’t try to copy or duplicate them though. It’s just natural and hardwired in us. We don’t plan it.
Gerald: I’m proud of it though. We’re all proud of it. I mean we can now say that we sound like Deftones.
Dru: Yeah, we like saying that.
Gerald: Dru and I also like This Will Destroy You. We caught them in Hong Kong. Amazing set.
Dru: Yeah bands like This Will Destroy You and 65daysofstatic are really great.
Gerald: We also like bands like Meshuggah, Silverchair, Mae and a whole lot of heavy metal, shoegaze, and also pop bands. So many influences.
F: Those are some nice influences, is there anything in particular that you are listening right now?
Gerald: I recently got some songs from Dru and I’ve listening to D’Angelo’s music and listening to Pino Palladino’s basslines.
Dru: I’ve been listening to Tame Impala recently. Really love them and how they combine their synths and guitars. Also electronic music, like Aphex Twin. Another band I really like is Hiatus Kaiyote.
Daniel: Sometimes I’ll just listen to one album for three months. Currently I’m into Bohren & der Club of Gore. Everyone should listen to them. They play this blend of doom, dark, noir jazz. Listening to them, I go into a different world.
F: Isn’t that the best way to enjoy instrumental or even post-rock music?
Daniel: Yeah, most instrumental music is a personal experience anyway. You get into it and just float away.
Earthmover is an instrumental rock trio from the Philippines.
They are set to release an album in the later half of this year. Follow them on Facebook.
Special thanks to ATMOS for helping to make this interview possible.
There are some interesting dynamics at play in ‘Daughters and Sons’ by Thai outfit my life as ali thomas. The track soars and swoops at all the right places and Pie Kanyapak Wuttara paints a colourful canvas of emotions through her lyrics and vocal delivery.
Although details are a little sketchy at the moment, the group is currently working on their debut album. And if the lead single is any indication, I think we’re set for a brilliantly magical record.
The title of Cadence’s debut EP, Heights, clearly alludes to the fact that they desire to achieve so much more (greater heights you geddit?) Although it might seem rather cliché to describe a debut release as such, it is a fitting title for Cadence’s humble five-track release.
Driven by hooks and an undercurrent of youthful energy, it is clear that the band is still in the process of carving out a distinct musical identity. They have, however, put together an intriguing selection of tracks that is brimming with raw emotion and heartfelt sentiment.
After a brief introduction, the EP opens with ‘Reignition’- a number that bursts with life from the get-go before simmering down into the verse with a particularly strong lyrical hook – “Hey now/ Why’d you let your sceptics paralyse you”. It is a familiar yet enticing brew for followers of the genre with its blend of reflective, lyrical advice in the verse followed by a hard-hitting, pit-ready chorus.
The band’s undeniable flair for writing anthems is also apparent in the delightful guitar riffs and melodies that accompany lead single, ‘Come Home’. Although the track doesn’t follow a conventional song structure, the instrumentation and vocals interchangeably soar and dip over a melody line beautifully.
There are several snags in the overall production of the release however; choruses don’t come across as blistering or as powerful as they should be and certain musical threads aren’t consistent with the band’s overall sound. These small hiccups however don’t detract from the fact that Cadence has presented us a memorable release that is genuinely honest and authentic.
While individual members have diverse current influences, it is pretty clear where Cadence draws their inspiration from as a collective. If you were a fumbling teenager in the mid to late 2000’s and swear by the likes of Anberlin, Copeland and Relient K (or West Grand Boulevard), give Heights from Cadence a spin.
02. Come Home
The EP also includes intro tracks ‘Stratosphere’ and ‘Nebula’.
Heights will be launched on Saturday, 14th November 2015, 7-8pm at Hood Bar and Café.