This eclectic Japanese act just performed here and recently released their seventh record. We speak to vocalist KOM_I to ﬁnd out more about her inspiration, and love for Bak Kut Teh.
How would you describe your new album, SUPERMAN?
Full of freedom and hope for the future.
What should we look out for in this album?
For female listeners, I’d recommend “Audrey” and “Ame-no-Uzume”. We wrote the lyrics of “Audrey” thinking of Audrey Hepburn, and “Ame-no-Uzume” is a goddess of performing arts in Japanese mythology.
You were recently in Singapore for Laneway Festival. What was the experience like?
I was very glad to see a lot of people show up. Also, Laneway Festival had the best line-up among the festivals I’ve performed at so far. The artists were “not-too-indie” and “not-too-major”, with a variety of genres that made it possible for the audience to discover what they liked. The people in Singapore were so wonderfully hospitable, and I could eat all kinds of Asian food there! I need to go back and eat Bak Kut Teh again!
The concepts of Wednesday Campanella’s videos and performances are always so quirky. How do you come up with them?
I come up with ideas when I’m watching movies, or when I’m dreaming. Since I’m not good at drawing, I always collect photos I like on Pinterest, and use them to explain my ideas.
TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL
Four not-so-mainstream musicians to add to your playlist.
Vietnam is not usually the ﬁrst country that pops into mind when you think of Asian hip-hop, and that’s precisely why you need to go on YouTube right now and watch the slayage that is “ĐỜI”. It’s like “It G Ma” had a baby with a Nicki Minaj music video.
HEIZE TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL
Country: South Korea.
You’ve probably heard her crooning on the OST of popular K-Drama Goblin. And if you haven’t, you need to check out “And July” and “Shut Up & Groove”, both of which feature the smooth vocals of DEAN. She might blow up in a big way soon, considering she won the title of Top Artist of the week on Inkigayo last December with her single “Star”, beating out contending idol groups.
If you like John Mayer and Coldplay, Jarrold’s brand of acoustic folkpop would sit well with you. His single “Sliding Back” was what got us hooked, and if you like what you hear, his debut EP Safe Grounds is also available on iTunes.
Country: United States.
Awkwaﬁna, real name Nora Lum, does not take herself too seriously and that’s the beauty of her music. If you can appreciate Rich Chigga, you’ll deﬁnitely appreciate her raps about pretentious hipsters in New York and her vagina that’s “50 times better than a penis”. PS: she’s also appearing in the all-female spin-off of the Ocean’s trilogy. You go, girl!
THE TITANS ARE BACK
Anime isn’t just for teens, and this is one of those series you would enjoy even as an adult. The plot: the human race is nearly wiped out by human-devouring giants, and what’s left of humanity has retreated to what seems like a European region, where three concentric walls serves as protection. The ﬁrst season ended on a cliffhanger, and the second season is only airing in April this year, four years later. And you thought Sherlock fans had it bad.
Attack On Titan is airing in April on ANIPLUS (Starhub TV Channel 529 and Singtel TV Channel 340).