For this week’s ‘Dawn to Dusk‘ music playlist, we caught up with Singapore singer-songwriter iNCH (aka Inch Chua). A veteran in the local indie music scene, iNCH has reached greater heights since her debut—performing at a major US festival, South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, and represented Singapore at the Shanghai Expo in China. The word ‘diverse’ is apt for iNCH’s ‘Dawn to Dusk’ playlist, with contemporary beats that segue well with the classics.
Two solo full-length albums and three EPs later, iNCH is back after an inspiring expedition to Antarctica. iNCH was among one of 80 individuals in the world who travelled under the 2014 ClimateForce International Antarctic Expedition led by veteran world explorer, Robert Swan. With her collective experiences and discoveries from the Expedition to Antarctica, iNCH hopes her creative juices are charged to make art that would deconstruct the mind, question hearts, dissect the soul, and inspire dialogue.
iNCH is an advocate for nature and fervent explorer. Her previous four-month stay at Pulau Ubin helped her conceive the 2015 EP, Letters to Ubin. All hail, mother nature! In similar fashion, iNCH will perform in a show titled ‘No Man’s Land’ to express her experiences on the uninhabited continent. This one-night-only hour-long set features original music sparked from her trip. The Antarctic in music form? We’re all ears.
“Leaving my bed and dreams is tough. So it’s important for me to ease into the morning. New Zealand psychedelic band, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, primes me for reality as I grove to the words. ‘Oh the world is crowded, did your doctor prescribe me?’ For ‘Hasa Diga Eebowai’: having a saying helps everything feel better. And when you’re ready for the world, take it by the balls and get out of the door. Nothing beats Kevin Parker, mad genius of a one man show, to inspire and kick my ass on what a real badass artist can do.”
1. ‘The World Is Crowded’ — Unknown Mortal Orchestra
2. ‘Hasa Diga Eebowai’ — Michael Potts, Andrew Rannells, Josh Gad, Michael James Scott, Lawrence Stallings, Rema Webb, Tyson Jennette, Maia Nkenge Wilson, Brian Tyree Henry, Darlesia Cearcy, Tommar Wilson, Ta’Rea Campbell, John Eric Parker.
3. ‘The Less I Know The Better’ — Tame Impala
“Kimbra and Dr. Dog make feel good truthful music. Always good to pass the afternoon. And Fictionist is one of my favourite bands in recent times. All their albums have been on major repeat in my playlist. I highly recommend checking them out. ‘Lazurus’ has been my go-to work-out track.”
4. ‘Cameo Lover’ — Kimbra
5. ‘Listening In’ — Dr. Dog
6. ‘Lazarus’ — Fictionist
“In the evening, my sensitive walls are down. I tend to lean towards nostalgia and pick songs with more lyrical emotional connection.”
7. ‘Talking to Myself’ — Gallant
8. ‘Right at the Same Time’ — Pomplamoose
9. ‘In My Life’ — The Beatles
No Man’s Land will be held at TheatreWorks Singapore, 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007 on Saturday, 19 May. The performance begins at 8pm and lasts an hour (no intermission). Tickets are priced at $20 and can be booked through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoyed the tracks? Check out our other ‘Dawn to Dusk’ playlists curated by guest artists each week.