Singapore’s Astreal plus Japan’s KOHH and Wednesday Campanella added to Singapore Laneway

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Singapore has revealed six new additions to their already impressive lineup, with one pioneering Singapore group, two Japanese acts, two Australians and one American now featuring.

Representing Singapore’s history of shoegazing will be Astreal, who will be releasing their third album – and their first in a decade – just in time for the festival. Their last release was 2006’s Fragments Of The Same Dead Star.

And for the first time, Japanese acts will feature on the Laneway lineup – with two set to make the trip this January – Wednesday Campanella and KOHH.

In addition, Aussie artists Luca Brasi, Tash Sultana and Chicago, USA band Whitney will all be appearing at the event. on 21 January 2017, from 10am to Midnight, at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay.

The full lineup now looks something like this:

AURORA – Astreal – Bob Moses – Bottlesmoker – Clams Casino – Floating Points (DJ) – Gang of Youths – Glass Animals – Jagwar Ma – KOHH – Luca Brasi – Mick Jenkins – Mr. Carmack – NAO – Nick Murphy (Chet Faker) – Sampa The Great – Sam Rui – Stars and Rabbit – Tash Sultana – The Julie Ruin – Tourist – T‑Rex – Tycho – Wednesday Campanella –  White Lung – Whitney

For tickets and more details head to singapore.lanewayfestival.com

Here’s a bit more information on each newly added artist:

ASTREAL

My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Curve prominently influence ASTREAL, known for its shoegaze post rock and ambient rock sounds. The band, having played at Zoukout, Lime Sonic Bang, Baybeats and clubs in the region, is famous for its contentious gigs. Two albums, a three-year hiatus and several metamorphoses since its inception in 1992, the group continues to rouse the crowd. Astreal’s third album will be released end 2016 or early January – yes, just in time for Laneway!

KOHH

Japan has never been known for its hip-hop scene. KOHH may just be the one to change all that. Over several years, the rapper produced mixtapes, one after another. In 2014, he released his debut full-length, Monochrome. But it was 2015 that lauded KOHH with the attention he deserves. His guesting on It G Ma, the YouTube viral smash by Korea’s Keith Ape, left a mighty huge impression on viewers. He layered on the buzz with two albums, a mixtape and a truckload of videos. KOHH’s Dirt release, a combination of rock influences and defiant positivity brewing in dark, hard undertones, popped at no. 2 on the indies chart and nabbed the top spot on iTunes’ hip-hop chart just 30 quick minutes of its launch. June 2016 ushered in Dirt II. Is it as good as Dirt? You tell us.

LUCA BRASI

The endearing melodic punk group, LUCA BRASI, unleashed its third album in April this year, a labour of love that was put together over a couple of years amid a frenetic tour schedule. If This Is All We’re Going To Be marries melody, trademark meandering guitar lines, big drum sounds and self-examining lyrical content with the foundational punk and rock ideals that have inspired the band. The result is a dynamic package of cohesion, power and emotion. If This Is All We’re Going To Be received a triple j Feature Album nod, made an impressive debut on the ARIA Charts, and blasted to the top of the AIR Charts.

TASH SULTANA

At just three years old, TASH SULTANA picked up a guitar. Now 21, the self-taught and self-made pocket rocket is blessed with vocal dexterity – she beatboxes! – and an enviable skill with the guitar. Tickets have been flying out of the door for her first run of headline shows across Australia, Europe and the UK; no small feat for an artiste who got her big music break filming home videos in her bedroom.

WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA

Somewhere in Japan’s coexistence of the idol sphere, the J-rock reality and the programmed beats enclave lies WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA, or Suiyōbi no Campanella. Consisting of Komuai, Kenmochi Hidefumi and Dir.F, the trio has rocketed towards popularity within four years. The enigmatic cocktail of house, techno and chill out music covers unexpected subjects like guided bus tours, vampires and Hokkaido food. Wednesday Campanella has shown their pretty darned memorable stuff at various music festivals: Summer Sonic 2015, Rising Sun Rock Festival 2015, Arabaki Rock Fest.15 and SXSW 2016. And soon, Laneway Festival will be part of the list.

WHITNEY

Chicago band WHITNEY charms folk with deep lashings of soul. Light Upon the Lake, its debut, was anointed Best New Music by Pitchfork. The album is infinitely enjoyable but what’s more amazing is how Whitney makes well-crafted, easy-on-the-ear music seem so easy to produce. Lyrically, Whitney (mostly) woos with the universal theme of heartbreak. Still, the toe-tapping vitality of the music invites endless joyful listens. We believe it’s the happiest sad music you ever did hear.