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Live Review: Hear65 BIGSOUND Showcase

Over BIGSOUND, we were lucky to go along to the Hear65 Showcase. These artist have travelled the big trek down from Singapore, where the music scene is growing bigger and bigger everyday. With artists like these, it’s not hard to see why the scene is thriving there. Simply put, the showcase did not disappoint.

The lineup, led by Charlie Lim, was a mixture of electronic, post-rock and pop sounds.

Charlie Lim, on this occasion, had his band with him, which he called, ‘The Mothership’. His sound is described as neo-soul, however, with the full live band experience, allowed more live rock elements to shine through. Charlie has a new record, which will be released later this year. Charlie’s music has since opened doors to the region’s biggest stages—with a seven-city tour across Asia, playing key festivals such as Mosaic Music Festival, The Gathering, Singapore International Jazz Festival, Clockenflap, Urbanscapes, Jarasum Jazz Festival and Music Matters Live.

Before Charlie Lim and the Mothership, The Steve McQueens started off the night with a fun, smooth sound—combining elements of jazz and soul. Having released their third album last year, they have just finished a tour of Japan and have some very impressive festivals under their belt such as Singapore’s SingJazz, at the London O2 Arena, Japan’s Summersonic, Australia’s OZAsia, Melbourne International Jazz Fest and Jazz By the Bay in Perth.

Linying lead in the back end of the evening. Eclectic synth strikes, beautiful soundscapes and lush vocals to accompany made the perfect setting for Ric’s Backyard. Linying is no newcomer to this, however. In 2016, her debut EP, ‘Paris 12’, debuted at #1 on the national iTunes charts, as well as receiving praise from BBC Radio 1 and USA Today.

Finishing of the evening was electronic producer Intriguant, playing a set of his beautiful soundscape fused beats. Recorded over the years himself, he has infused these sounds with melodies and creates a fluid experience. Also teaming up with Charlie Lim on their track Turn, you can see why this producer is one to watch, with his debut album ‘Recluse’ out in 2017, he has played the likes of St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival and Singjazz Festival.

We will certainly be hoping to see these artists back in Australia again soon!

Written by Brett Sellwood