On Eye Parade, Martin Baltser doesn’t hold back in his excavation of love, regardless of gender. “Feverish flashes of an eye. A man stares into another man’s eyes, falls in love, and gets caught,” begin his liner notes for the release. Continuing, he doesn’t sugar-coat it either. “Sometimes love feels like a prison. It sneaks up on you like a fever dream with a thousand flashes and glimpses in the night: Morning-moons, cups and crumbs, sturdy metal, oat, and lines below. It’s like an Eye Parade that never ends.” The organic motifs in the spellbinding music video capture the allegory beautifully, dovetailing with the gentle-yet-haunting tapestry of electro-folk that has become signature to his sound.
Eye Parade comes hot off the tracks of the rapid success of Martin’s first single, Call Me Wild -afragile snapshot of the complexities of childhood as one comes of age- which garnered more than 200k combined plays on the digital streaming platforms. The song has clearly struck a chord with listeners, with a contemporary interpretative dance tribute already making its internet rounds by Los Angeles-based dance choreographer Sabrina Phillip.
Fresh off the Singapore boat, Ben Jacob (vocalist, keyboardist), Jonathan Tan (lead guitarist), David Andrew (rhythm guitarist), Benjamin Mah (bassist, back-up vocals) and Eugene Lims’ (drummer) young faces should fool no one – it belies the experience they’ve had in the local gig circuit, playing alongside esteemed artists like Charlie Lim, Tim DeCotta, Disco Hue and Stopgap.
With Kryptonite, the band sound ready to light up the nation’s music scene on their own terms, with their unique pop stylings of old-school funk and R&B that feels like a veritable lovechild between Jamiroquai, Bruno Mars, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Earth, Wind & Fire.
The single comes after the band’s previous releases, “Get Close,” and “I’m No Good” helped them to success at the much-hyped Stärker Music Carnival in Singapore. The quintet has not been shy to pay tribute to the work of other artists as well, notably their late-night-R&B-drenched take on Samantha Rui’s hit single “Better.” Listen to “Kryptonite” in the links above and catch their Samantha Rui cover below.
In true ORIENTAL CRAVINGS fashion, their latest single, Toxic, blends Eastern influences into a myriad of frantic synths and brass, with a shattering drop to top it all off. On working with Ned Philpot, ORIENTAL CRAVINGS described the collaboration as a perfect fit:
“It’s often hard to find a good male vocal, but with Ned, the artistry and passion you can hear in his voice makes it perfect for the emotional track,” says ORIENTAL CRAVINGS.
Over the past 12 months the duo have made a steady name for themselves as tasteful remixers and producers, with their sublime melodies and Asian-inspired hooks, dropping ear-pleasers and dancefloor-lighters like Sakura, Nomad, and Falling 4 You via their collaboration with the Singapore-based Umami Records. Backed by the likes of RL Grime, Alison Wonderland and Carmada, ORIENTAL CRAVINGS are full steam ahead in 2018 – with exciting new originals, collaborations and remixes lined up in the coming months.