George Chua releases hyper-stylised music video for ‘Neo-Punggol’

The Singaporean electronic artist readies the release of his new album 'Smokescreen'

Singaporean electronic artist George Chua is readying the release of ‘Smokescreen’, his first album of new material in over a decade. On Friday (August 7) he unveiled the stirring and sinister video for ‘Neo-Punggol’, the first track to be released from the project.

Directed by new media artist Yeyoon Avis Ann, the video is a maelstrom of disorienting visuals, mixing video game and archival footage.

As described by Chua’s label Ujikaji Records, it features “scenes of virtual and real-world violence with visions of a new Asian urbanism, illuminating the themes of utopia, violence and information warfare which permeate [the album]”.


Watch it below:

George Chua has been active in Singapore’s experimental music scene since the 1990s. In 2018, his album ‘Evidence Of Things Not Seen’ – originally self-released on a limited batch of CDs in 2006 – was reissued digitally by Anòmia.

‘Smokescreen’ marks a long-awaited comeback for the multi-instrumentalist, whose work on the album was primarily recorded on modular synth. The eight-track album, which was executive produced by Mark Wong and recorded by Evan Tan, is out on September 16.

‘Smokescreen’ is now available for pre-order on Ujikaji Records’ Bandcamp page. The album will be issued on limited vinyl, packaged with a deluxe spot UV cover.

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