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After more than a year out, indie/alt-rock quartet Newton Circus are announcing a new EP, On & On. The album title is a meditation of the human journey, from death to life, from simple to significant. Whether it’s songwriter Kenneth Ong describing wanderlust in ‘On & On’ or of life’s fragility in ‘Love You Like That;’ from facing the death of a loved one in ‘Twilight’ to an appreciation of time in ‘Birds,’ the album will uniquely interpose itself with the listener’s own experiences. As Kenneth Ong notes about ‘Love You Like That’ in particular –
“Love you like that was written about the experience of having a newborn and the uncertainty and fragility of life. Originally it was written for my first child — every parent loves their child but for me it took a while because her character only showed after a few months. But I think this song should also go to my second child, because of the difficulties we had – it gave the song additional meaning for me.”
The album cover, a film photograph taken in Portland, Oregon (United States), conveys the album’s theme of genuflection, of being able to draw reflectively from the different experiences in life.
Produced by Colin Ong (also Newton Circus guitarist) and Kevin Foo (Beep Studios – Linying, Charlie Lim, The Sam Willows), and mastered by award-winning Danish mastering engineer Holger Lagerfeldt. The creative process of making the album also saw the band experimenting yet embracing their own individual sonic identities –
“For those who have followed us over the years, I think in this EP you can tell that the collective is really coming together. It’s been really interesting: we wanted to let David’s electronic elements seep more into this EP, especially in Birds and Love you like that. For me personally, I’m a product of the 80s and 90s and I think we are starting to hear that now.” – Kenneth Ong
‘TERRAЯIUM’ will be available for digital ordering on 29 September 2017 at the following links:
“The single’s threads of influences recalls their predecessors like Amy Winehouse, Robert Glasper, and Erykah Badu, the result is still undeniably, unquestionably The Steve McQueens.” Stereofox
“Singapore’s The Steve McQueens refuse to be pedestrian; they don’t live in the transient or the touch-and-go. Swerving between cool seduction and gripping magnetism, they aim to light the world up with their brand of self-styled neo-vintage soul-funk.” FMS Mag
“Singapore’s neo-soul outfit deliver a wonderfully bliss, jazz-inspired cut.” Mystic Sons
TERRAЯIUM is at once a reflection and a realisation – the band spent two years crafting an album that would draw upon their individual and collective experiences during the time. The album is a blossoming of artistic purpose, the fruit of soul-searching metamorphoses – the planted seed fully grown. And along with it, a new sound that promises to take listeners on an aural head-trip to the proverbial moon and back.
Of the 10-track album,“Hephaestus” and “Sun” are currently in rotation and garnering their share of critical attention and plaudits. Outlets like Stereofox, FAME Magazine, Sphere of Hip Hop, FMS Mag, Mystic Sons and more (expanded press quotes below) have already noted the band’s unique jazz-soul stylings and pleasantly warm sounds. Having completed a recent circuit of major iconic festivals in 2016/2017 – like Japan’s Summersonic, Indonesia’s Java Jazz, Korea’s JARASUM Jazz Festival, the Singapore International Jazz Festival and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival – The Steve McQueens are ready to unleash the highly-anticipated sounds of TERRAЯIUM to the world.
Accompanying the new album will be The Steve McQueens’ first multi-city Japan tour from 17 to 24 October 2017. The Steve McQueens will be making appearances in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Yokohama.
Singapore alternative hip-hop duo CampFire (Josh Tan and Nicco Homaili) drops their second single ‘Bloodsucka’ -premiering on JUICE Singapore– today across major digital streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music) via the cross-label collaboration of Umami Records and SOLD Records.
2017 is turning out to be a greatly productive year for CampFire, who released “Tidal” a few months back, performed at Canvas Singapore, Gastrobeats, 100Bands festival, Scape Invasion, and are now suiting up to fly to Korea for the massive Asia music festival that is Zandari Festa at September’s end. It’s no wonder Straits Times picked them out as one of the Singapore acts with a hot track to check out in 2017.
With this in mind, “Bloodsucka” is no stepback for the duo – instead they have set their sights on higher, this time collaborating with Saiful Idris from The Great Spy Experiment. Referring to people who pursue their own materialistic gains at the sake of of others, “Bloodsucka” throbs to the cadence of angst against its backdrop of choppy beats and flowing rhyme. Someone who rides off the back of other’s achievements – the song is at once personal rant and catharsis that any listener would relate to. The collaboration with Saiful, though from a different genre stylistically, made perfect sense, something which the TGSE singer noted –
“I actually approached Nicco to rap over one of my dance tracks, so when he asked me if I wanted to sing on one of Campfire’s songs, I was happy to do so. Initially I felt a bit hesitant because hip-hop is something very much outside my comfort zone, but when I heard the demo, I liked it immediately. The rest is pretty much history.”
Accompanying the release will be CampFire’s first ever South Korean circuit where they will be performing for Zandari Festa, Korea’s largest showcase festival, as well as a couple other additional touring venues (full dates below). Campers -a term CampFire fans have coined themselves- can expect more Camper Tales Series during the tour (short vlogs of performances and songs).