Hear65 Music Reviews: Homeground Studios, Rangga Jones, QYO, Shirley Ho, Foo Hsien Weng

Hear65 Music Reviews: Homeground Studios, Rangga Jones, QYO, Shirley Ho, Foo Hsien Weng

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:

Falling with You - Homeground Studios, Rangga Jones, Narelle, evanturetime 

蔡泽泽, 85/100: Always amazing when the song is from Homeground Studios. It's very clean and everything instrumental sounds amazing.  

I wish I can hear more chemistry between the artists! Since it is a love song, I wish there was more intimacy between the artists, which could've been demonstrated through the vocal arrangements or perhaps the structuring of the song parts. But it is a good song overall! 

Waiting for a Change - QYO

Nyna, 100/100: Qyo’s ‘Waiting for a Change’ is giving me all the feels! 🥰 Such an amazing song and so relatable. You cannot help but play this on repeat mode. And each time the chorus comes on (which, btw, is SO catchy you'll feel you MUST sing along lol), I feel a sense of hope and that, somehow, all will be good.

20/10 would recommend! Love, love, love!

Imagine in Paris - Shirley Ho

Hazel, 100/100: This is indeed a magical, emotional song which transports your soul to a fantasy wonderland. This is especially relatable to all of us since most people can’t travel now. “Imagine in Paris” is one of those beautiful songs you indulge in when you want to fantasise about getting away from it all. It beams with an upbeat tempo and a chill vibe accompanied with soothing vocals. The harmonica solo is especially mesmerising. It is an amazing song with real feelings of melancholy embedded into it. 

空中星星 - Foo Hsien Weng, Foo Hsien Li

Zong Qing, 100/100: What I enjoy most about this song is the memorable piano hook that was combined with rap and beats. It gives off a very chill vibe when Hsien Weng starts rapping. Moreover, I reckon that the message of filial piety is quite deep, but the song explores those themes in a very casual way. Additionally, it is something different from the conventional Mandopop ballad style which sounds very mainstream these days. Lastly, the combination of guzheng and erhu blends really well with the chorus. I must add, being a Chinese myself, the addition of Chinese elements really connects me with my roots. I feel that this is very relevant, especially since the song was dedicated to his granny.

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