Hear65 Music Reviews: New Releases from Soph. T, Amanda Tee, NAMIE, and more

Hear65 Music Reviews: New Releases from Soph. T, Amanda Tee, NAMIE, and more

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 6-8 reviews every two weeks 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: 

Jonny Ong - Chloe

Simon Harrison, 100/100: Singer-songwriter Jonny Ong has dropped his new single ‘Chloe’ following previous tracks ‘Fools’ and Isolation. With the rhythmic bass and percussion, the intro sounds like a John Barry film score for a film such as The Ipcress File or Funeral In Berlin which starred Sir Michael Caine as the no-nonsense secret agent Harry Palmer. 

Advaitha, Jklmn. - Come Through

Iona, 100/100: Amazing song, there’s a lot of variety and depth that makes it stand out! The artists are extremely talented and this song is so beautiful!

Soph T. - 百分知己

Lucas Lui, 100/100: This is now my go-to morning and running jam. Just like the song title, this track deserves a 100. I was expecting Soph T. to release another ballad, but she delivered a dope EDM track instead. BFZJ really showcases her versatility as a singer and songwriter! The bridge especially is insanely good. The vocals, hook, lyrics, and arrangement of this song are just AMAZING. It is so rare to find an EDM gem in mandopop. Highly recommended!!

NAMIE - Origami

Celester Gonh, 90/100: When we think of origami, we think of it as an easy process of folding paper. The difficult part comes when figuring out which steps we are currently at. This track — simple, minimal and maybe not that accessible. But once you get immersed in the AMSR of paper, you will find yourself lost in the sails of her voice. 

Amanda Tee - (You Don't Get Sick from Just) Playing in the Rain

Sarah, 100/100: This track is true to Amanda's well-loved brand of vivid lyrics and guitar-accompanied melodies. It is one of my favourite track of hers to date as her vocal delivery and the arrangement on the song really nail the imagery and storytelling to a tee. Take a listen and tell me if you too can smell the rain?

Aneirin - I'll Be There For You

Ben Tay, 85/100: Great vocals with good tone and pitch control even on the high notes. Lyrics that are easy to relate to with a melody that is pleasant to the ears.

Latchy - Soda Dream

Zoe, 100/100: Had to double check who this was by - it could easily have been a collab between Daft Punk and Mark Ronson. Latchy’s chill vocals and pop-synth definitely gets me in the mood to dance, even though it’s just around my kitchen these days. Warning though - the “sodadream-sodadream-sodadream-sodadream” hook will get so stuck in your head!