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Songs of love lost & isolation
Songs of love lost & isolation
New EP Available Everywhere
2020 was supposed to be a slow year for the band. Since releasing ‘Into the Ether’ in 2018, the band has turned their focus to their personal lives and family. Formed in 2003, Lunarin has enjoyed playing progressive rock as part of the Singapore music scene in the early 2000s, but by 2019, its members were prepared to call it a day.
But along came 2020 with the global coronavirus pandemic. Singapore went into lockdown in April 2020. Why then did they begin again now? The band shared: when told we had to be separate, that we had to be alone to be safe, that was when the songs started coming. There was a sudden cognizance of connections interrupted. So it seems these songs were their quiet response to the collective forced isolation and the frenetic energy of households on lockdown.
And so the band buckled down to record the songs remotely in their respective homes during a global pandemic, piecing together bits of the puzzle over emails, WhatsApp messages and Zoom meetings. What came out from this endeavor was not any heavy rock conception – it was a collection of pop-rock songs.
The band rediscovered inspiration in their childhood influences – 80s pop, 90s techno, Nine Inch Nails, Garbage, Tori Amos, Cocteau Twins, Faye Wong. These bubbled to the fore and became the core of the band’s new EP.
Songs of Love Lost & Isolation was recorded in various locations in Singapore. Produced by Linda Ong, Ho Kah Wye and Loo Eng Teck. Mixed by David Bottrill and Ryan McCambridge. Mastered by Adam Ayan.
Lunarin is a 3-piece alternative rock band hailing from Singapore. Consisting of Linda Ong (Bass/Vocals), Ho Kah Wye (Guitars) and Loo Eng Teck (Drums/Vocals), the trio were friends since 1993. They started a 4-piece band called Fuzzbox in 1995 before exploring a darker progressive sound as Lunarin in 2003.
The band was highly prolific in the Singapore gig scene in the 2000s, playing numerous shows and gaining a reputation in the underground for their tight and intense live shows. The trio have been compared to heavy acts such as Tool, A Perfect Circle and Soundgarden while their softer sound has been attributed to Linda Ong’s deep affinity to female singer-songwriters such as Faye Wong, Tori Amos and P J Harvey.
The trio released their debut album “The Chrysalis” in 2006, their second full-length album “Duae” in 2010, and an acoustic album named “The Midas Sessions” in 2012.
Friends of the band know that the trio have always had difficulty focusing on music due to their day jobs and families – Loo and Ong are trained lawyers and Ho is an engineer by profession – and this proved true when the band went on hiatus in 2012 due to Ong’s pregnancy. This break extended when drummer Loo Eng Teck went on to have 2 children as well.
The band returns in 2018 with a new EP titled “Into the Ether”. Consisting of songs written during the 5 years when they were on hiatus and recorded when Ong was pregnant with her second child, “Into the Ether” was recorded by the band in Singapore, mixed by acclaimed music producer David Bottrill and mastered by Grammy winning mastering engineer Adam Ayan. The band collaborated with Singapore artist Clare Lee on this release, who created the accompanying artwork for the songs.
In 2021, the band released “Songs of Love Lost and Isolation” as their response to lockdown measures during the global coronavirus pandemic. This EP marks the band’s first foray into pop-rock and was influenced by popular music of the 80s and 90s which the trio grew up with. The songs were mixed by David Bottrill and Ryan McCambridge and mastered by Adam Ayan.