Through the six days I’ve been in Singapore for the Music Matters conference, I’ve had a chance to discover some new acts that I think are worth passing on to you. Lemme tell you something: there’s a lot–a LOT–of good stuff happening in the Asia-Pacific region right now.
Midnight Youth (New Zealand)
This rocks. I gotta hear more from these Kiwis.
Monster Cat (Singapore)
Local band that tweaked the interest of Canadian super-producer Bob Ezerin, one of the speakers at Music Matters.
Direct Influence (Australia)
Lots of influences come together to create a sound that’s very international.
Roman Foot Soliders (Indonesia)
Jakarta group that sounds like it’s part of some English indie scene. Impressive.
Lab the Rat (Malaysia)
A real family affair with a husand and wife, a couple of brothers and two family friends. Nice breezy indie sound.
Warning Birds (Australia)
Four-piece that has more than a little bit of indie Canadian goodness to their sound. Anyone else hear the Waterboys in here, too?
Minor Soul (Hong Kong)
Gentle singer-songwriter duo championed by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.
The Great Spy Experiment (Singapore)
Four-piece local act with a strong local fanbase.
The Aftermiles (Indonesia)
Great alt-pop that wouldn’t sound out of place coming from California.
The Auditory Effect (Singapore)
Once this song resolves itself, it become a post-indie rocker. I hope there’s more where this came from.