Since the beginning, we’ve been reviewing music on Hear65 every week, and now we'd like to break away from this tradition and pass the baton over to you - the listeners of Singapore’s music. If you've ever been itching to share your thoughts about a new track release, or simply want to introduce good earworms to more listeners, then read on.
For the uninitiated, the Hear65 website has a Review Function to help visitors discover and gain greater insight into the music in Singapore. Good music should always be shared, and we are inviting contributions from friends and fans of our homegrown artists.
Every two weeks, the Hear65 team will select a few reviews to publish in a Review Round Up article. Just check out the latest releases and submit your review for a chance to be featured.
Here’s what readers have to say this week:
here (reimagined) - Dominic Chin, Gail Belmonte
Jessica Loh, 100/100: I was first introduced to the original version of this song because I was captivated by the visuals of the blue skies, the iconic red phone coming from above and Dominic smiling upwards, only to be overwhelmed with emotions when I realised what the song was. This reimagined version really surprised me with how much more emotional the song is now that it is stripped off the bouncy beats the original song had, now replaced with a gorgeous arrangement of strings and piano, and with the help of Gail Belmonte's soulful voice. I can't wait to hear the rest of the album now reimagined, while discovering all these other local singers along in the next duets.
Ada Apa Denga Mu - QIR-B
Haikel, 100/100: Admit it, we've all listened to certain songs whilst longing for someone we used to love to come back to us and lead a happy life till death do us part. You might even have a playlist called "Come Back To Me" or anything remotely corny, and this is just one of those songs that fit such a playlist.
QIR-B nailed it with his latest work here and it definitely got me staring at my ceiling, consumed by the nostalgia of what once was mine. But if you're not feeling anything, are you even listening to the song?
If I Told You - Tiara Maimun
Mateen Azlan, 100/100: This song is an instant classic. The lyricism is very obviously close to heart with the keys floating around the vocals. The track builds up smoothly and gradually into the climax and that gets me every time.
Beautiful piece. 10/10
Starry Nights - Heist
Sean Tham, 100/100: An endeavour that's three years in the making, Heist’s new release, "Starry Nights", is definitely worth the wait. Painting a vivid image of feeling butterflies in your stomach while falling in love with someone who is not immediately there by your side, Heist manages to perfectly pair inspiration from his real-life muse together with harmonic tunes. "Starry Nights" is a song for everyone to fall in love with, especially with that special someone.