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.