Jasmine Sokko – H2O – Single Review

The Singaporean melancholic-synth creator Jasmine Sokko released the single H2O on the 16th.

Jasmine Sokko

Jasmine Sokko

Theoretically H2O is a track I should be running to the hills to get away from, however, as regular readers know compositions dripping with sadness are likely to catch my attention.

I equally ask you also to set aside the cynicism you make have of the surface to allow the underlying weave of the composition, lyrical content and expressive vocal to wind its way around the room.

Although H2O is only Jasmines’ second single she has, demonstrably, an innate ability to bring together the emotional context of the song with the tools to hand, that no amount of time sitting in a lecture theatre and ‘learning by experience’ will ever equal.

Written from the perspective of being surrounded by a society of rigid norms which bear down like a vice to stultify any sense of much other than ‘behaving appropriately’ resulting in a life where chasing dreams is perceived as an abomination and even more sadly unlikely to ever achieve the promises laid out as the prizes for ‘doing the right thing’ and, to me, H2O adroitly encapsulates those thoughts aurally.

Whilst, simply for musical style, an artiste to whom I will probably not return – I wish Jasmine Sokko every success for the future, as she deserves it and a creator I anticipate you will hear much more of in the mainstream, so long as the breaks, so sadly needed in the music industry, come her way.

Thank you for doing what you do Jasmine and please keep on doing what you do.

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Obedient Wives Club

Obedient Wives Club from Singapore is the fuzzgaze quintet of YinQi Lee (Vocals), Keith Tan (Lead Guitar), Cherie Ko (Rhythm Guitar), Sulaiman Supian (Bass) and Lennat Mak (Drums).

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Obedient Wives Club – photo: Aloysius Lim

There are those occasional Eureka moments when you discover what has been missing all your life and Obedient Wives Club is a case in point. At the risk of sounding like a red-top sub-editor – Sassy, Sexy, Sultry.

Having undergone a slight transition in sound from lo-fi production of their debut EP in 2012 to a fuller evocation the quintet deliver music you in to which you just want to melt. Influences of the ’60s are inveigled with lynchiesque moments and topped with a dose of indie-pop – what is there not to enjoy? I am reminded of the old Minstrels adverts – melts in your mouth not your hand – as Obedient Wives Club take the basic premise and wash it with reflective translucence that captivates the brain.

Already capturing hearts and minds in the South Eastern Asian region, Obedient Wives Club is a band that a wider world needs to get to know to find out just what is missing from their lives.

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Murder Kill Baby – EP – Obedient Wives Club is available on iTunes*.

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