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The Observatory and Koichi Shimizu
Demon State

Midnight Shift Records

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The Observatory is one of those last few bands that can change and become your life. Stuck in Singapore, the wilful outlier of Southeast Asia, this ever-shifting group stubbornly evolves past the 2018 departure of its cofounders—singer-songwriter/guitarist Leslie Low and Vivian Wang, fellow singer and keyboardist—both of whom started The Observatory in 2001 as a space, an idea, a collective of independence. Since then, the current trio has ventured into more improvisational, instrumental, and noise-adjacent territories in an EP with collaborator Haino Keiji.

In DEMON STATE, long-time member Dharma and Cheryl Ong plus Yuen Chee Wai continue The Observatory’s bold partnerships, this time with electronic musician Koichi Shimizu (IMPRINT). Together, they finally reach this long-gestating, total (yet I’m sure temporary), and rhythm-focused, electronic reinvention of The Obs—while briefly nodding to their past. The road is long; DEMON STATE is one pit stop in glorious hell.

Partly stemming from a casual, improv studio session in early 2020 that Koichi recorded (for an as-yet-unmade album), the eight tracks on DEMON STATE—their first release on the Midnight Shift label—were formed from a gradual accumulation of sonic layers; they were foraged, recycled, and pieced together remotely also from solo bedroom recordings, a historical sample, nonhuman beats and effects, as well as journals and junk.

Label: Midnight Shift Records – MNSXLP004
Series: Midnight Shift X – LP004
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, 180g
Country: Singapore
Released: 23 Sept 2022
Genre: Electronic, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Avantgarde, Dark Ambient, Experimental, Gamelan, Techno