7nightsatsea does it (again).

Though Singapore is a country where the underground local music scene is vibrant and tight-knit, a band looking to break out into both regional and international level needs an almost pathological level of an ambition. Of course, you need great original songs as well and 7nightsatseas’ debut EP has plenty of those and we can completely vouch for that. Drift Easy, Heavy Hands is the brainchild and the much anticipated debut EP of local instrumental post-progressive rock band 7nightsatsea. Comprising of guitarists Farhan and Keith, bassist Malek and drummer A’alely Zahid, their six track strong EP has once again proven that the local music scene deserves more recognition than it currently gets.

Since catching the men at various gigs in 2013 and tonight’s Mosaic set, the EP is no doubt a reminiscent of their live sets. Expect hard hitting drums, melodious guitar riffs and songs that spew emotion. While listening to Drift Easy, Heavy Hands the structural foundations of the tracks lock you into a secured experience. (All the feels man, it gets me every time.)

Each note is oh so meticulously placed along the sequence, promising never a dull or droning moment that would delay your aural satisfaction. Just like an architect would construct his buildings, the band set a solid foundation and built upon that. All whilst adding sparks of interest here and there and forming subtle features that may go unnoticed at first glance, yet tie the whole thing together.

Murakami once wrote, ‘Closing your eyes isn’t going to change anything. Nothing’s going to disappear just because you can’t see what’s going on. In fact, things will even be worse the next time you open your eyes. That’s the kind of world we live in. Keep your eyes wide open. Only a coward closes his eyes. Closing your eyes and plugging up your ears won’t make time stand still.’ Just a like a good doze of liquid courage, listening to this work of art will give you the strength to keep your eyes wide open; to keep facing uncertainty head on. With all of this said, Popspoken gives this EP a 7 out of 10.

Drift Easy, Heavy Hands EP Track list

Heralds

Thread Lightly, Heavy Hands

Quiver (In Turmoil)

Quell (In Still Waters)

Coolese

Coalesce

Album art by : Allison M. Low

Typography by : SSYSTM

Give the EP a listen here! (We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.)

Images c/o 7nightsatsea & SweeHuang Teo