Listen: Sigmun – Aerial Chateau

Sigmun Live

Photo: Bunga Apriestia

Indonesian rockers Sigmun are set to grace the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre with their freudian-inspired, unique blend of psychedelic post-rock on May 31st and June 1st.

The band recently released four-track EP Cerebro, a title that alludes to an anatomical feature of the human brain (or for those familiar with Marvel Universe’s X-men franchise, a device that enhances Professor X’s ability to detect mutants).

The third track off their Cerebro EP, ‘Ring of Saturn’, is an outstanding musical masterpiece. The track starts off with a poetic monologue about Outer Space – accompanied with a murky, delayed guitar. A bassline mimicking the distinctive pulse of a spaceship is soon introduced, and the the listener is taken on a sonic exploration of outer space, where cosmic distances are temporarily overcome.

Sigmun‘s dark instrumentation take centre stage on the Cerebro EP. Vocals are seen as a means to either enhance the music conceptually, as on ‘Ring of Saturn’, or texturally, as in ‘The Long Haul’. The use of a vocal filter on EP closer ‘Atom Heart Feather’ serves as an interestingly monotonous counter-melody to an expressive guitar line.

In contrast to the tracks off their EP, Sigmun’s latest single ‘Aerial Chateau’ is a psychedelic number whereby vocals are the undeniable focal point. Vocalist Haikal Azizi’s Robert Plant-esque vocals complement a gentle, swirly guitar refrain in the verse, before leading up to a emotionally explosive chorus. Although essentially ‘Aerial Chateau’ is still an intrinsically solemn number, there is a degree of affection in the song’s treatment. While the lyrics on the track call for a lover to “Come on and embrace me”, it is perhaps not too far fetched to also perceive it as an invitation into Sigmun’s realm of musical brilliance.

Both ‘Aerial Chateau’ and the Cerebro EP are available for download  here.
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