Ask any fan of Tennyson and they'll regale you with arguments of the band's otherworldly prowess, or personal tales of how this band — an unassuming duo out of Canada — made the defining soundtrack of their summer.
Tennyson make heady electronic music for the dancefloor, but one that's full of heart and adventure — from multi-instrumentalist Tess' passionate drumming to keyboardist/singer Luke's jazzy, spirited chord progressions, there's plenty to nod along and dance to when watching the duo in their element.
But the layers in their music become frightening apparent when you see just how much work they put themselves under onstage. Even with a technical glitch that prevented Luke from finishing a song — eventually completing it with supportive cheers from the audience — the sheer mastery of their craft is something worth witnessing live alone.
At their first show in Singapore, held at the regal Montreux Jazz Cafe — thanks to Syndicate, as part of their ongoing gig series Syndicate Subsessions — we bore witness firsthand.