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rock in the fine city
'80s-'90s singapore independent music archives
Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Ever since the advent of industrial music, the local underground community had seen a surge of musicians from the marginal techno frontier creating post-industralized/apocalyptic visions upon our Metropolis. Zircon Lounge conceived the cold wave, Corporate Toil toiled the tradition and in the early 90s several cyberpunks came into the picture, bands like Avant Garde, Rocket Scientist, Kim, The Raw Fish. But there was one band that refused to label itself as cyberpunk and acknowledged its key influence to lie in iconoclasts like Einsturzende Neubaten. It's the strange strange world of Convent Garden, a one man army from a dark visionary by the name of Jay. He had previous outings in Trip, but the sound on Convent Garden proved to be his most proficient vision of a futuristic electronic age. On his debut demo released as a self-titled in 1992, ambient electronical music are spawned from a fusion of abrasive cold guitars and hypnotic drum machines. And to add to that, vocals from the depths of biomechanical hell (think Giger). The demo begins with "Deception City" with a Journey vocals sampled backwards and it is a black humoured satirical poke at politicians. The track that made this demo famous was "Dreamscape", an ambient piece with nightmarish effects. In the current musical climate of boyscout guitar jangling kids, the future of music seems to point at the past.

--sojourner at 2:33 AM

Album Reviews

Anesthesia- Anesthesia CD Astreal- Ouijablush CD AWOL- Midnight In June CD Band of Slaves- 45 MCD Bird Brains- Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich CD The Black Sun- The Black Sun CD The Boredphucks- Revolution 69 MCD The Boredphucks- Banned In Da Singapura CD Chris Ho- Nite Songs In Day-Glo CD Concave Scream- Concave Scream CD Concave Scream- Erratic CD Concave Scream- Three CD Daze- Sexy Little Boy MCD Do Not Ask- Just Play It! CD Edgar's Fault- Edgar's Fault CD Fection Dasche- Eternal Transgression CD Flying Pills- Flying Pills CD Force Vomit- The Furniture Goes Up CD Global Chaos- The Art of Listening CD Humpback Oak- Pain-stained Morning CD Humpback Oak- Ghostfather CD Humpback Oak- SideASideB CD Humpback Oak- Oaksongs Boxset Impiety- Asateerul Awaleen CD Kelvin Tan- The Bluest Silence CD Lilac Saints- Awake CD The Lizard's Convention- Here's a Funny Fish, Hurrah! CD The Mother- A Dark Trip On The Ill Tip CD Mutation- Void of Disharmony EP Neural Vibe- Mantra CD The Oddfellows- Teenage Head CD The Oddfellows- Carnival CD The Ordinary People- It's A Weird Existence CD The Padres- BigO Singles Club #1 MCD The Padres- What's Your Story MCD The Pagans- Stereokineticspiraldreams CD Radio Active- Eyes In The Attic CD Starfish n Coffee- Ghost MCD Stompin' Ground- Measured By The Richter Scale CD Stoned Revivals- Golden Lovesongs From The Evil Island of The Handsome Tropical Cannibals CD Sugarflies- And That's Why CD Watchmen- Democracy CD Watchmen- Love MCD Zircon Gov.Pawn Starz- Follywood CD Zircon Lounge- Regal Vigor LP Various Artists- +65 Indie Underground 3 CDs Set Various Artists- Left of The Dial CD Various Artists- The Substation 10 Years & Counting (Rock The Garden) CD Various Artists- 12 Storeys CD Various Artists- New School Rock MCD
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