27 October, 2017 – Following the releases of ‘Crowns’ and more recently, ‘Walls,’ Singapore singer-songwriter Jean Tan’s EP, Hideaway, will be fully released on 27 October, 2017 on all major digital streaming platforms via Umami Records.
To mark the launch of Hideaway, Jean will livestream a performance on Facebook from a secret location on Saturday 28 October 2017 at 8.30pm. Opening the event will be sets from talented singer-songwriters JAWN and Stacy Tan. Fans can catch the Facebook Live via Jean’s page and https://www.twitch.tv/soosoio from 8.30pm onwards on 28 October.
Hideaway reconciles spiritualist themes of mortality and renewal against a electronic-acoustic soundscape that belies the album’s lyrics. For Jean, Hideaway was written as a salve during a time of struggle and convalescence from illness. Recounting the journey, Jean notes –
“I was diagnosed with kidney disease at 24, which catalysed a subsequent loss of things over the next 5-6 years in the areas of work, relationships, and lifestyle. I lost the ability to do the things I love, like make music and travel; at times, even walking, eating, and speaking was difficult, leading to long periods of social isolation.
In that secret place, away from the world – I met my raw, barenaked self, stripped away from the things I valued and which defined me at that point. I came face to face with who I really was, and let erupt the storm of emotions and questions I’d bottled inside for a long time. ”
Listeners have already experienced ‘Crowns’ (which quickly surpassed 100,000 streaming plays within the first couple months of release) and ‘Walls’ (produced by Cascine artist et aliae and featured former-The Steve McQueens saxophonist Fabian Lim). Three new songs in the album complete the circle. ‘Dandelion’ (also produced by et aliae) is about pressing on and being radiant even in the harshest conditions; ‘Blooms’ pens an honest conversation between the writer and God, confronting disappointment and finding fragile hope in the beginnings of spring; ‘Hide Away’, the title track, is about finding significance in the process – being in one’s own secret place, in the winter of the soul, to heal.
- Hide Away
Links to album: http://hyperurl.co/hideaway
About Jean Tan:
Jean is a singer-songwriter who writes with influences from folk, indie, and jazz. She has performed at Singapore’s National Stadium and Gardens by the Bay for the 28th SEA Games, having written ‘Colours’ for the Games (2015). Her song ‘Waiting for Love’ is also on the Korean-Singaporean collaboration album “DanZZan Date 단짠 데이트” (2017), featuring acts like HubbaBubbas, Dawn of the Day, and G-Urban. Jean has opened for Michael W. Smith (2013) and performed at events like the Zandari Music Festival 2017 (Seoul), Singapore Night Festival 2016, Riverside Flow 2016, and Starker Music Festival 2016.
A poet and word-smith, Jean often weaves her life challenges into her songs and uses her music for social good. She has had to undergo multiple operations and illness in life, and has performed and shared her story at schools, teenage homes, art spaces, and at events by organisations such as Halogen Foundation, World Vision, Relief Singapore, and Architects of Life. Many have been inspired by her life.
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About Umami Records:
Umami Records is a Singapore-based label founded in 2013 by Kevin Foo, Aaron Wong, and Josh Quah. Much like the “5th taste” reputation of its namesake, the label strongly believes in discovering new, interesting sounds that run underground and away from mainstream tastes. The label’s small release roster thus far has included works from Linying (Spotify Spotlight 2016), The Steve McQueens, Evanturetime (Spotify Ones To Watch 2017), CampFire, Phoria (UK), Oriental Cravings (AUS), and more.