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.
After a cursory listen to their debut album, it was unsurprising to discover that instrumental four-piece Forbidden Planet were guided by a maxim commonly associated with the spiritual philosophy of Thelema – “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”. In From the Bedroom to Oblivion: Two Decades of Obscurity, the band showcases flawless technique while adopting a philosophical vision that isn’t uncommon to bands of the progressive rock genre.
Take a listen to ‘A Fine Line’, where the band uses Bela Lugosi’s deliriously surreal monologue in Ed Wood’s ‘Glen or Glenda’ as leverage to launch into a more dramatic arrangement – complete with ambient backing keys and heavy, yet vibrant guitars.
It’s hard not to be hooked on to this charming tune from Miles and Mot‘s latest effort, Island View. ‘Steering’ sees the duo striking a a perfect balance between a technical yet uplifting guitar melody and soothing vocals.
The emotional dynamism in ‘Steering’ is propelled by a playful musical and lyrical interplay that showcases the duo’s ability to effortlessly blend their love of different genres. Interestingly, despite repeated listens, the track remains far from dull.
Frankly, Miles and Mot are definitely on to something even if the rest of the world (or Southeast Asia) has yet to discover them.
Island View is now available for purchase via bandcamp. Other choice tracks off their album include ‘Coasts’ as well as album namesake, ‘Island View’.
Jakarta-based quartet Polka Wars are set to release their debut, Axis Mundi, via Helat Tubruk records.
The first single from the album, ‘Mokelé’, comes across as a sketchbook of ideas and sounds – a rather atypical approach for an indie rock track. But for an album thematically centred around the concept of binary opposites and cosmic dualisms, it seems almost necessary to ignore conventional rules of composition.
Curiously, the result is poetic in more ways than one and makes for an enjoyable listen.
Little is known about this singer-songwriter from Singapore. However, Koffkoff seems to have an interesting, unconventional take on acoustic emo-folk that harks back to early 90’s grunge. His latest single, ‘root your stance and face apocalypse’ employs a grittier production and mellower approach from his earlier work.
Give ‘root your stance and face apocalypse’ a listen below. A free download is also available on Koffkoff’s bandcamp page here.