CONCESSION — $15.00
ADVANCE — $20.00
AT-THE-DOOR — $25.00
August is the cruellest – this we know. The embers may glow, but the worst of the burn is far from over. Now, it's time to survey the destruction and figure a way out of the fire.
Recorded both in Singapore and Norway, August is the cruellest is a work of political noise, a punishing challenge to look inward and move forward. Poet Alfian Sa'at writes, "If you care too much about Singapore, first it'll break your spirit, and finally it will break your heart."
More than just political indignation, we go to the heart of destruction, societal and personal, where we confront the irrevocable, to find renewal and a possible new lease of life.
Lyrically, the album draws bleak comparisons with the poems of T.S. Eliot and Yan Jun; outlining the harshness of the air we breathe from our swiddening neighbours and constructing a landscape of the inevitable, based on the choices that we and our forefathers have made.
Musically, it is an abstraction of the blues in the mode of C, influenced by the power of the riff and the energy of heavy rock. The music jolts and scares through feedback and an incessant pulse, in the hopes of toppling the apathetic stance that we, for generations, have come to find comfortable and convenient.