Every Wednesday we ask a creative or an artisan to share what music gets them going from dawn to dusk. This week, homegrown music producer and multi-instrumentalist Evanturetime (aka Evan Low) reveals what tunes spurs an ordinary day.
It was really fun to revisit this old number again with @wherewascharlie @linyingmusic and our friends at @bandwagonasia. Can’t believe it’s been a year and a half since Vultures was released. Also somebody remind me not to wear hotel slippers on shoot. Please. #tolong it’s really funny though you should watch the vid.
In October 2016, the Berklee College of Music graduate in electronic production and design dropped his breakout single, ‘Vultures’, featuring vocals by Linying and Charlie Lim. Nearly two years later, the song appeared as the opening track of Evanturetime’s debut album, folds. No surprise that this standout track is significant to him—it still sounds fresh and relevant now. folds marry Low’s infectious production with lush chorals provided by contemporary local music peers such as Tim De Cotta, Yllis, and Nathan Hartono.
Low co-founded an audio-visual production house, Zendyll, with Jonathan Chua from pop band The Sam Willows and gave himself a mission to figure out what a ‘Singapore sound’ might be like. By experimenting and sampling with local sounds, Low is slowly crafting a recognisable audible identity for the motherland and he also had a “humbling experience” with the involvement in this year’s NDP theme song alongside Charlie Lim and Dr Sydney Tan. Props to that!
Look out for an upcoming collaboration between Evanturetime, SKL0 (Sam Lo), and SSYSTM, in which they bring a heritage and play themed experience together, featuring hopscotches, interactive media and familiar sounds and songs. This is part of Keepers Playground’s Infinite Happiness happening from July 27 to August 5 at the National Design Centre.
“I’m a tea person. And I need music that’s sweet cause I like it to be in stark contrast to my tea in the morning—I like them bitter.”
1. ‘The Yellow Jacket’—Shaun Martin
“Tactful, restraint and control. The mood of the music comes first. Didn’t expect anything less from the keyboardist of snarky puppy.”
2. ‘Put It in Your Pocket’—Joshua Redman Elastic Band
“Beautiful loose pocket grooves. so much listening, so much space given to each musician. I need that kind of space when I’m booting up in the morning.”
3. ‘’Til It’s Over’—Anderson .Paak
“If I’m not awake by then, the quiet intensity of this song should do the trick. The insane choices in arrangement and production will definitely kick me out of my sleepy stupor.”
“I normally do a lot of commercial compositions during the afternoons in my office at Zendyll Productions. When I need a reset to keep my head clear when I’m running through several projects of varying styles and genres I use these tunes to clear my ears.”
“CRAZY textural and harmonic choices. Anomalie really lives up to his name. It’s like listening to the Friends Theme Song. You HAVE TO sit through the whole tune because it’s so sick.”
5. ‘Canned Heat’—Jamiroquai
“I used to play drums in a Jamiroquai band when I was a teenager. And I just love a good and happy groove to shuffle my feet too. This is one of my favourite tunes to enjoy as a musician and also for general enjoyment. I do a lot of what I’d call dancing in my office when this tune pops on but my co-workers would probably say it’s far from what I think dancing is.”
6. ‘That’s What You Get’—Paramore
“I absolutely love this song to bits. How cool is it to put a 4/4 drum pattern on a 3/4 riff in a rock song?! And it grooves. This to me is the song that defines Paramore—a band with amazing technical skill but has tactful restraint because they are so aware of their audio identity. The song is a good reminder for me to exercise tact every time I work.”
“I’m not quite done with the day yet! I use the night for attentive listening to songs that have interesting details in them because I associate the night with quiet isolation.”
7. ‘Me & You ◑’—HONNE, Tom Misch
“Tasty pitch fluctuations and bends. In a time where electronic music programming reigns supreme, it takes technological know how to make sounds like this pop on top of a beautiful top line. Swoon.”
8. ‘Detriot Part 1’—Shigeto
” I love sound design and I love to play the drums. This song blends both of them together perfectly. Tasteful electronic piano and Kalimba interactions along with Shigeto choosing when to get the drums to lay behind the beat makes this song a perfect pairing for a glass of wine for me.”
9. ‘Four Organs / 1970’—Steve Reich
“The power of dissecting a dominant eleventh chord can be clearly heard in this tune. Steve Reich is a genius to deconstruct a chord harmonically, rhythmically and texturally. I strive to listen like him one day. Somebody tell me how.”