Artists / Bands, Culture, Events — January 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Laneway Festival 2013: ∆ – alt-J, Yeasayer, Of Monsters And Men, Poliça, Bat For Lashes


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∆ – alt-J

2012’s indie music buzz here you go! An epic album, a hipster aura, a Mercury Prize in the pocket, and a quite disappointing live for their first date in Asia (Clockenflap, Dec. 12, Hong Kong), this ‘folk-step’ band is one of the most highly-expected in Singapore’s Laneway.  Hailing from Leeds, they will certainly present their Awesome Wave – a quote from Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho – and new tracks as well.



Apparently these lads all went to the hairdresser and are no longer a hairy band – indeed. With their electro-infused pop-rock (just call it New Weird America, they come from Brooklyn), Yeasayer warns us “the future beware.” Let’s get ourselves ready for the near future of Saturday then!


Of Monsters and Men

Wild nature and animals, dark forest, hard winters… Iceland is definitively not Singapore. Of Monsters and Men are a new kind of troubadours, touring on the world’s roads after a dazzling breakthrough in the music scene during the year 2012. Their music is charming, light and assembling: their cool wind will touch our land soon.



Poliça, garçon, caleçon, glaçon, cheval d’arçon, soupçon, façon, ça,.. ok I could go on forever, and make you practice your French vocabulary. And anyways, it seems that Poliça is derived from something Polish, even if ‘ç’ doesn’t exist in this language. The first song I heard from the band was ‘Lay Your Cards Out’ and it sounded like a siren song, dragging me somewhere unknown. Poliça could be one more indie-rock band, but Channy Leaneagh’s voice makes a difference.


Bat For Lashes

“Bat for Lashes is the work of British singer/ songwriter, multi- instrumentalist and visual artist Natasha Khan. Born in 1979, yet combining influences that span decades, Natasha’s work dwells in the elemental, emerging in timeless forms.” Hell yeah, that’s somewhat pretentious. Nominated at the Brit Awards 2013 for Best British Female, Natasha Khan will bless Singapore with her presence. Pitchfork describes her music as “sophisticated blend of art-rock grandeur and synth-pop directness” – I heard the The Haunted Man and it went in one ear and right out the other, so I can’t say much myself!


Laneway Festival Singapore
Saturday 26th January 2013 from 2:30pm
The Meadow, Gardens By The Bay
Buy your ticket here, check the directions here and listen to the Festival playlist on Deezer.