Umami Records have a knack in discovering musicians who deserve to be tagged as 'The sound of tomorrow'. Unlike the tunes you hear on Singapore radio (currently still stuck the '80s and '90s limbo), this homegrown independent music label is all about being progressive. In fact, their burning support for the up-and-coming has given us musical gems such as brb., MMXJ, and Linying.
So, this year for Esquire Neighbourhood, we've teamed up with the music trailblazer to present you a handful of Singapore's best developing musicians. And you only have one day to catch them live.
Our 'Dawn to Dusk' alum has grown into a force to be reckoned with. Since releasing her highly-anticipated EP letsnotcallitlove earlier this year, the lush-voiced indie singer-songwriter's refined her craft and delivers soulfulness effortlessly. Both Theodora and YAØ will be performing at our invite-only opening party.
YAØ is truly a talented music triple threat (singer-songwriter-producer). The 23-year-old found gold when researching and experimenting with various sounds. Enter 'Scenery', which draws heavily from hipster vaporwave culture and '80s Japanese pop. Also, we respect his agenda to push the urban soul-pop hybrid into the formulaic EDM-dominated environment.
Don't write off this YouTube sensation. Often overshadowed by his comedic past (but that got him some attention), the LASALLE music undergraduate has since evolved into a singer-songwriter and earned himself a spot in the final 16 on the local singing competition The Final One. Smooth is definitely the word to describe Driscoll.
Driscoll is performing at a by-invite-only gig on Saturday
Weiwen Seah understands it's a never-ending journey pursuing music. For this reason, he strengthens his foundation and craft at Berklee School of Music. That paid off handsomely as the exposure honed his ability to produce uncontrived and sophisticated bops while donning on thecolorfractal hat. Folk and funk is Seah's forte, but do expect him to genre-hop too.
thecolorfractal will be performing on Saturday at Kilo Kitchen @ 3pm
You gotta pour your heart and soul out to make a rock song sound believable. Cadence is able to achieve that in particular. The local alternative rock quintet combines hard with hope, balancing out the energetic guitar riffs with yearning vocals. This genuineness draws listeners in and submerging them in their poignant sound waves.
Cadence will be performing on Saturday at Kilo Kitchen @ 4pm
Having differences can be beneficial. The homegrown indie pop-rock three-piece band uses their respective musical backgrounds to create tunes that immediate hooks. Looking up to Brit rock and pop, expect upbeat and groovy numbers that'll make you want to work the floor.
Royal Estate will be performing on Saturday at Kilo Kitchen @ 5pm
Electronic and folk do go well together (See: Kacey Musgraves). But Lim's music is more than just perfecting the overall sound. His lyrics dig deep into the heart, which explores topics such as human fragility and sense of loss. Thus, Lim is able to strike an emotional connection with his audience easily with just a voice and guitar.
Lincoln Lim will be performing on Saturday at Monument Lifestyle @ 12:20pm and 1:20pm
Another 'Dawn to Dusk' alum, Valiantes doesn't need bells and whistles to convey diary-like narratives in his songs. Truly a Singaporean at heart, he mixes familiar local sounds and mellow beats to great effect. The slice-of-life treatment to Valiantes' compositions results in an approachable resonance that brings both joy and comfort to listeners.
Valiantes will be performing on Saturday at Monument Lifestyle @ 6pm