Started in 2016, Goose is an alternative Chinese band from Singapore whose music melds the melancholy of post-rock with the melodies of folk pop. It draws on its founder Angus Sham's years of experience in Singapore's music scene as a soulful recording artist and sessionist for bands and fellow singer-songwriters like Cadence, Amanda Tee, Jean Tan, and Falling Feathers.
Backed by a band of fellow musicians and close friends, Singaporean singer-songwriter Goose is set to release his debut EP “If I Left The Park?…” Showcasing originality in more than just its sound, the 4 track EP is frontman Angus Sham’s first foray into the vast waters of Chinese music and is scheduled for release on all major digital platforms on 4th May 2018.
The EP will feature Goose’s first single, ‘Carousel’, which garnered more than 56,000 listens on Spotify in the first few months of its release. Fantastical yet foreboding, chaotic yet melodic, the song chronicles the joyful despair of a carousel and the choices it presents – stay seated for endless merrymaking that offers the comforting illusion of progress, or leave to face the unknown? The carousel spins in the same place, but time moves on. True to its theme of juxtaposition, ‘Carousel’ contrasts heavy, placing tones with the light whimsy of an amusement park. The result is an atmosphere charged with emotion, taking listeners on a journey like no other.
“Growing up, my musical influences were largely Western, which may be why Goose has a sound that is slightly different from typical Chinese pop music. However, I chose to write my songs in Mandarin, because I’ve always believed that musicians should make music in their mother tongue.”
Interestingly enough, the Mandarin-language single has been on a remarkable adventure of its own – the top five regions that listeners checked in from were Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland, Netherlands, and the United States, far ahead of the listenership numbers in Mandarin speaking territories like Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and even Singapore. This unexpectedly warm reception in the West speaks to a universal sort of soulful musicality that Goose’s songs possess, and mirrors the unique duality of being a musician in a country whose culture straddles the East and the West.
Sham muses, “Growing up, my musical influences were largely Western, which may be why Goose has a sound that is slightly different from typical Chinese pop music. However, I chose to write my songs in Mandarin, because I’ve always believed that musicians should make music in their mother tongue.” With ‘Carousel’, the other three tracks – ‘JLDB’, ‘It’s OK To Burn’, and ‘Eight Mile’, will make their live debut on 12th May 2018 at Wala Wala Cafe Bar, Singapore from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Ranging from pensive sonnets, to upbeat ditties to clap your hands along to, “If I Left The Park?…” gives listeners an intimate glimpse into the heart of an ordinary man with poignant tales of the human experience to tell. Not one to stand still, Sham has great plans for his solo project to spread its wings and take flight. Despite having already tested Goose’s material at venues like Let’s Go Jalan Jalan! Festival (2017), Esplanade’s Huayi Festival (2018), and Timbre Switch’s Xin Chuang programme for aspiring local Mandarin singer-songwriters, Sham plans to bring Goose on a full promotional tour of Singapore’s live Mandarin music venues in the second half of 2018. Lyric videos for each song will also be released successively in the months after the EP’s debut, while Sham works on fleshing out the details of a Taiwanese tour.
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About Angus Sham: Born to a Taiwanese mother and a father from Hong Kong, Angus spent his early childhood years growing up in both places before moving to Singapore for good. Parts of his heart lie in these three very different regions, scattering his musical influences, but lending his music a distinct voice all its own.
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