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Music Is: Indie artist Amanda Ong releases self-titled debut EP

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Singaporean indie-folk singer-songwriter, Amanda Ong, announces the release of her self-titled debut EP, Amanda. The six-track EP is now available on all major digital service providers. With songs written since she was 17, often writing songs with the intention to help listeners struggling with mental health issues to heal through music, each track on her EP encapsulates a different stage in her coming-of-age, cathartic journey back to her later teens and early 20s.

The project is multi-dimensional both thematically and sonically, addressing family, friendship, self-doubt, love, and conflict through elements of indie-pop, folk, and a cappella. Amanda’s signature inclination towards vocally-driven soundscapes is most apparent in Living On My Own, where she creates lush layers of vocal harmonies and percussion to offer a refreshing foil to her other tracks.

A more somber approach is taken in The Man I Knew Better, Nice To Meet You, and Zero To Me, forming the perfect subdued backdrop for the lyrical genuinity to cut through. The EP’s dynamics are balanced with lighter-sounding tunes in You Don’t Exist and Eye To Eye, with the latter being an upbeat bop juxtaposed against the subject matter of frustration.

The transition from adolescence to early adulthood brings about new beginnings but also painful departures. “The tracks are of various genres and I didn’t plan it that way, but those were just the sort of ideas that were floating around in my head when I first jotted the melodies down,” Amanda describes.

Following this release, a karaoke version of all six songs will be made available. Amanda intends to veer towards releasing solo a cappella tracks in the next few years.

Listen to Amanda Ong’s EP on various platforms here

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