On the Record: The Albums that Shaped Hanging Up the Moon

Continuing our Laneway special for our newest series of features On the Record, we now speak to Singaporean folk project Hanging Up the Moon. The band was conceived as a solo venture by Sean Lam, best known for fronting 90's rock band Concave Scream. Now, he's backed by a full-band made up of Dean Aziz, Alexius Cai, Victor Low and Leslie Low. They're one of two Singaporean acts selected by Laneway to be a part of the festival this year, the other being .gif. Having already released two albums, the latest being 2013's The Biggest Lie in the World, Hanging Up the Moon has been winning a lot of people over with their earnest brand of folk that features plaintive melodies and poetic lyricism. 

Now working on their next album, we're hoping we get a little taste of what's to come with their set at Laneway. Looking at their choices, unsurprisingly they're undying champions of Singaporean music but find out what albums Sean's daughter loves to play at 6am on the way to school, along with the album he and Alexius likes that their partners hate.




Leslie Low - The Ground

No embedding but you can check out a track here.

The Divine Comedy - Regeneration


Neil Young - Harvest Moon


Zircon Lounge - Regal Vigor

The Records We Jam at 2am On the Road


I'm seldom on the road at 2am but I usually drive my daughter to school at 6-ish and these are her selections.

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

The Beatles - The Beatles (aka The White Album)

The Record That We Won't Listen To Ever Again

Sean, Alexius, Victor and Leslie

Never say never. :)

The Records That Never Fail to Make Us Cry


Not to the point of tears but these are good when I'm in a melancholic kind of mood.

Bjork - Homogenic

Beck - Sea Change

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass


Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill

The Records That Make Us Proud to be Singaporean

Sean, Victor & Alexius

Humpback Oak - Side A Side B


The Observatory - A Far Cry from Here

Aspidistrafly - A Little Fable

Piblokto - Colourless Fields


Concave Scream - Three

Padres - Night

Stompin' Ground - Measured by the Richter Scale

The Records That Transport Us Back to Secondary School


The Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands

The Cult - Love

Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses

New Order - Substance

(The Oddfellows tape picture courtesy of Ivan Thomasz)


The Oddfellows - Mild


Aztec Camera - Stray

The Record You'd Least Expect Us to Listen to


Awk Wah - Ava


Daily Ritual - Demo

The Record That Scared Us As Children


Michael Learns to Rock - Michael Learns to Rock

The Record We Like That Our Partners Hate

Sean & Alexius

Scott Walker - Bish Bosch