Leslie Low has a new album out, titled ‘Be Still, The Mountain’.
The venerable Singaporean musician has emerged on the country’s National Day (August 9) with a nine-track effort, released independently on Bandcamp. The album contains tracks recorded from 2018 to 2020, with album artwork by Elizabeth Low. Hear it below:
‘Be Still, The Mountain’ features lush folk-rock arrangements, a change of pace from the sparse acoustic guitars of 2018’s ‘Singapore in my bones’. Track six of the album, ‘Burden on a Hill’, features a sample taken from Hell Low Trio’s ‘Let’s Get Low’. Watch the band perform a rendition of the song in Malaysia below.
Low has built a repertoire that began with his work in indie rock bands Humpback Oak and Twang Bar Kings in the 1990s. Since then, he’s gone on to form art-rock band The Observatory, along with participating in several other projects like Pan Gu, Hanging Up The Moon, Magus and Piblokto.
As of 2020, he has continued to focus on his solo work, leaving The Observatory after the band released their eighth album ‘August Is The Cruellest’ in 2016. Stream the album below.
The singer-songwriter has mostly kept out of the spotlight, aside from recent one-off performances at the Esplanade and ArtScience Museum in Singapore. However, he’s produced a steady stream of self-released albums.
‘Be Still, The Mountain’ is his latest effort after 2019’s ‘The Monsoon’, a collaborative work recorded with former Hanging Up The Moon bandmate Victor Low.