#002 Lunarin – The Chrysalis (live)

There’s always a siren calling you to shipwreck, and if you’re sailing along these straits, that voice may well be Linda Ong’s. Linda sings with an unplaceable weight, a memory trail of enchantment and heartbreak, fully laden, boulder of devastation and desire. This becomes all too clear if you catch Lunarin on a rare acoustic occasion. Shake off the layers of that consummate hard rock leviathan, hide their stomp boxes, unplug guitar cables (even dismantle those electronic drum pads that Eng Teck has started using since mid-2008), and you’ll discover that the wounds really run much deeper, that every song is a bruised and tiny fist trying to lift itself again. “The Chrysalis” is the last song they wrote for their debut album and also its title track, a song setting words to flesh, with its “inspiration” refrain so uplifting and precious that it is sung only once. At song’s end, as words “fade into the sun” and last notes are plucked, unflagging, the audience erupts and fists are raised.

mp3: Lunarin – The Chrysalis (live at Inhabitant, Feb 12, 2005)


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