Bringing an eclectic electronic twist to his childhood rock influences, Sek Hao’s debut “BE” EP is a fresh take on this genre in an age where many newer acts shy away from organic, rip-roaring guitars and thumping rhythm sections.
The 23-year old indie singer/songwriter/producer recently graduated with a Bachelors in Music, and is announcing his arrival in the scene as an act to look out for with this meticulously crafted selection of songs - a journey that takes the listener from frenzied highs to slow-burning emotional trips, and back again.
This is the thinking man’s approach to contemporary indie rock, and Sek Hao doesn’t hold back. His honest, sometimes blunt, yet always endearing lyrics take centerstage across all of his work, and when juxtaposed with his slightly avant-garde yet pop sensible musical ideas, make this EP a formidable package.
Thankful for having been sent the full EP to load to our Asian Pop Radio 24/7 stream, I listened to each of the tracks as they were loaded to our system for you all to hear and I must say the tracks are a very eclectic bunch of songs that I truly think have something on offer for everyone.
'Choose' is probably the one you are going to hear quite a lot on radio elsewhere and we're about to give it a good push too. It's an upbeat more rocky type of song. Folk that are regular listeners to Asian Pop Radio will probably hear similarities between this and other Singaporean tracks we play, a likeness to some releases from Cadence, or maybe a comparison can be drawn between Malaysia's An Honest Mistake. Sek Hao has some pretty amazing vocal talent as he belts it out in this song.
The title track from the EP 'Be' has a slightly more electronic feel to it. It has a great build up in the opening and is reminiscent of the work of Malaysian producer Darren Ashley. Again the musician shows a great range of vocal abilities in this piece.
A personal favorite lifted from the EP is the track titled 'Driving the Promise', which is perhaps the most experimental song being offered, the most electronic. Listen to it, close your eyes, and create the picture for yourself. This is one song that will transport you to another place.
For us Aussies, 'Be' has been released at the perfect time of the year, Sping is in the air, the days are getting a little bit longer and this EP could easily be the soundtrack to late night parties, drives down The Great Ocean Road' or the perfect wind down to a weekend of sunning it up at the beach.
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Media release by: Isaac Miranda
Edited by: Jay John