RELEASE DATE: 29 Feb 2016
Heavyweight 2x VINYL set 7"+12"
ALBUM LAUNCH CONCERT
Friday 18 March
Saturday 19 March
The Substation Theatre
Tickets on sale from 15 February
August is the cruellest – this we know. The embers may glow, but the worst of the burn is far from over. Now, it's time to survey the destruction and figure a way out of the fire.
Recorded both in Singapore and Norway, August is the cruellest is a work of political noise, a punishing challenge to look inward and move forward.
Lyrically, the album draws bleak comparisons from the poems of T.S. Eliot and Yan Jun; outlining the harshness of the air we breathe from our swiddening neighbours and constructing a landscape of the inevitable, based on the choices that we and our forefathers have made.
Musically, it is an abstraction of the blues in the mode of C, influenced by the power of the riff and the energy of heavy rock music. Expanding upon 'Oscilla' the song, which is also in the key of C and diving deeper into its modal abyss. The music jolts and scares through feedback and an incessant pulse, in the hopes of toppling the apathetic stance that we, for generations, have come to find comfortable and convenient.
Photo reproduced here, courtesy of Bjorn Vaughn
Music composed and arranged by The Observatory
All songs recorded at Solslottet Studios, Bergen, Norway except August is the cruellest and Brutal blues, recorded at Black Axis & The Well
Additional instrumentation on The weight of it all features Natalie Alexandra Tse on guzheng and Andy Chia on dizi
Mixed at The Well
Recorded and mixed by Leslie Low
Mastered by James Plotkin
With inspiration from T.S. Eiliot's The Waste Land and The Hollow Men
Photos reproduced, courtesy of Bjorn Vaughn
Album design by Yuen Chee Wai
All physical merchandise are printed on FSC approved recycled paper