Album: Darkness, Emptiness, Silence
Artiste: Re-format, side project of AIFF
Place of purchase: Roxy Records at Funan Centre
Price: $6.50

Unlike Digital Rain, 'Darkness, Emptiness, Silence' is a more abstract album. Cindy of AIFF claims it is ambient music which in this case is an instrumental EP.

'Anger' is a bizarre track layered with cries and stinging synth sounds. Then when you least expect it, she puts 'H2O' which is supposed to soothe one down. This is hard to swallow as it resembles a clear repetition of noises that she claims what life sounds like in deep water. On careful hearing however, it is a much more subtle piece of music with ghostly effects and ringing tones. 'Darkness, Emptiness, Silence' continues to placate using the same techniques to create the former piece. It is however less intense and howls like hollow air.

A disruption created by 'Planet Landfill' is a repetition of sounds of glass bottles being dumped. It soon escalates into drumbeats and some sample vocals which is more interesting than the previous 2 tracks. The most twisted has to be 'Trampolin'. It transports one back to fantasy though the sleeve says it is more about "up and down life experience". Clearly confused. The ending track is "Outro". This track is purely synth at work coming across as monotonous.

Strictly for fans and people into bizzare, experimental synth sound which sadly, bands of 80s have never explored fully.


This review appeared in the February issue of Scissors.

Album: Digital Rain
Artiste: AIFF

A home produced EP cassette demo with 6 tracks that are all single words, Digital Rain is an album that will appeal only to the most bizarre listener with an acute sense of hearing. Considering themselves an electronic pop act, their music is best listened with heavy bass.

"Progress", the first track is a progressive track with space like ambience and thumping beats that goes on and on before stumbling into "Why", also featured on Bigo Singles Club CD 5. A sombre number questioning about death for Shasha and Religion for Tong. Morbid. But darkness spreads further with "Withering", the other track with vocals and lyrics by Emily Bronte. Beautiful.

Side B starts with "Seven", presumably as asked by Michelle Chang in On the Fringe has a religious connotation. "Self-Love" as suggested by title is a self-indulgence, plastered with samples, samples and samples... ... It ends with "Rain" which brings us back to where we were initially- a "Progress" like instrumental music.

Perhaps it is not the best but by an only (electronic) and up and coming local duo of Shasha and Cindy Tong (who studied jazz and pop at Berklee), aspiring to be the next Singapore Mono, it is worth listening. Who knows, you might end up like me, playing their songs almost every night before going to sleep when I first bought the demo.


It is available at Roxy Records at $5 or check out their website at , complete with whole songs in RealAudio.