Posts Tagged ‘acoustic


#003 Leslie Low – Time of Rebirth (live)

Photo by Julia

Photo by Julia

October 2002. Three years after the last Humpback Oak album and nary a whimper from the band. Have they broken up? Then a solo Leslie Low reappears in public and presents a new song at the old Substation garden that couldn’t be more appropriately titled…

Leslie eventually records “Time of Rebirth” with his present band The Observatory and it appears on their demo (2003) and first album (2004), but here is the song as some of us first heard it: the delicate picking, the comfort croon, collected wisdom in a guileless lullaby. This is music that quakes with such quiet fragility that just as the man begins playing, a motorcycle passing by on Stamford Road threatens to swallow him up in its gaping roar– instead, through some fortuitous twist of shape, human and machine weld in respectful accommodation. On this bootleg, the souped-up engine sounds like the reverberations of an anxious snare drumming up a lead-in to Leslie’s first words… “Count the mistakes… the chances we take…”

Two months later, The Observatory is unveiled at the inaugural Baybeats Festival as a trio consisting of Leslie, Vivian Wang and Dharma.

mp3: Leslie Low – Time of Rebirth (live at I’m Not Kylie Minogue, Oct 5, 2002)


#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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to memory,
to ubiety,
and to the Unity
of the Song

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