Editorial

Wira Satria of Decipher Speaks Strange Comfort

Wira Satria of Decipher Speaks Strange Comfort

Photo: Isyraq Irfan

Much can be said about Decipher's latest release, Strange Comfort. From a slow emotional storm (The Sea That Surrounds Us) to a significantly heavier outburst (Coda), there seems to remain a strong sense of self-reflection and anticipation for the future by the end of their longest track to date. 

Despite being turned down twice from one of Singapore's largest music festival, Baybeats, Decipher has always been one of the most forward-looking underground bands. Shifts in sounds may not always be the most welcomed—at least not right away—by listeners but the band has somehow managed to garner new and existing support with honesty as their greatest appeal.

This year, Decipher finally gets to tell their...


Sobs on Documenting The Ordinary Through Music

Sobs on Documenting The Ordinary Through Music

Photos in this story by Christopher Sim

Sobs' sound came as a pleasant surprise when they launched their song, Girl and subsequently released their EP, Catflap. Relaxed and positive (topped with sweet melancholia), Sobs seems to have laid out the ordinary life without a hint of glamourisation yet still keeps the listener fixated and putting their refreshing tunes on repeat.

Their release is especially crucial in a time when Singapore still receives mixed reviews, and our lifestyles remains an enigma to some. Turns out, we can be human beings, too. We sat down with the members of the band – Celine Autumn, Jared Lim and Raphael Ong

What is Sobs...


Ffion Launches EP — Bad Habits

Ffion Launches EP — Bad Habits

Photo: Shaykh Akbar

Hi Ffion, how did you go from being a cover artist to an R&B singer?
Hey there! Well, I did covers for a few years but never really felt quite fulfilled by it. When I discovered songwriting and electronic music, that’s when something really clicked for me. As for the R&B side of things, I still don’t see myself as an R&B singer as I didn’t grow up listening to that kind of music and I never expected to be labelled under that genre, but it’s interesting to see how...


Amber Vittoria Promotes Inclusivity Through Art

Amber Vittoria Promotes Inclusivity Through Art


When New York-based illustrator Amber Vittoria approached us, we found ourselves drawn to her pieces that seem to reveal untold stories of people in their ordinary skin. With Amber's illustrations, one notices a myriad of flesh at one glance, demanding a closer look in which one sees the emotions of the subjects and icons that give the stories more beauty and depth. 

Hi Amber, could you tell us more about these pieces individually?

Loved and Still Loved are heavily inspired by Gucci and their ability to experiment with color, pattern, and form––three huge elements that fuel the creation of my...


Inside The Analog Vault with Matt Sekiya

Inside The Analog Vault with Matt Sekiya


Record stores—like bookstores—often exude complexity, which is no surprise as these places often house some of the most compelling, hard-hitting stories in various text formats like books and tunes. We catch up with Matt Sekiya of The Analog Vault, a locally-owned curatorial record store comfortably nestled in the iconic Esplanade—home to renowned and new musical, visual and literary performance—in Singapore. 

What are you listening to at the moment?
I’m currently listening to Phony Ppl’s Yesterday’s Tomorrow and Isaiah Rashad’s The Sun’s Tirade, the former’s an electro-neo soul/R&B album while the latter is a great jazzy boom...