Hear65 Music Reviews: New Releases from XVAN, ZIONN, Rangga Jones and more

Hear65 Music Reviews: New Releases from XVAN, ZIONN, Rangga Jones 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: 

XVAN, Foxela, Brittle Bear, Karena Yeo, KNIGHTNDAE, Evanturetime, MYRNE - XVAN

Alfonse Chiu, 99/100: "A thoughtful tribute to a young talent gone too soon, the EP, derived posthumously from a cache of unreleased demos from the late XVAN, reimagines the sounds of the eponymous producer through the lens of some of Singapore’s top electronic talents."

In Partnership with Esplanade’s Baybeats Budding Writers Programme

yams - When I was Seven

Yan, 99/100: "yams' lyrical prowess is matched only by his ability to craft a story. In When I Was Seven, he takes us through a journey, filled with hopes and disappointments, without ever dropping the rhythm and flow of the song. It's one thing to craft a certifiable earworm that wiggles into your head, it's another to craft a narrative that echoes on the inside of the skull."

Marcus Lee - 見習男友

Joshua Chan, 97/100: "Even in the midst of a global pandemic, mandopop singer Marcus Lee has somehow managed to maintain a sunny disposition on his new track Pursuing Love."

ZIONN, Rangga Jones - Every Minute

Calum Kevin Seah, 95/100: "Every Minute of this track is truly a treat. Not only does the track have all the hallmark features of some of Rangga’s best songs, but it also features a surprise rap verse by electronic producer ZIONN."

P_NEDA - Prettylikeasunflower

Christy Chua, 100/100: "P_NEDA's foray into R&B x lofi beats is a daring one, but one that paid off in every way. Prettylikeasunflower reminds one of a chill evening at the balcony with lavender/rosehip scented candles and the rap part simply announces "P_NEDA's back"."

Chaidura - Ante Metus

Vera, 98/100: "Practically a nightmarish theme song of a horror anime, Ante Metus sounds like Chaidura’s struggle against his own self-doubt and fear."