I’m not new to Shadow Moses, the nerdcore trio slowly making ripples in Manila’s indie scene, but approaching them nonetheless feels like entering a wholly different world, one in which you’re, perhaps, not supposed to enter, for your sakes. Thankfully, their new album, Super Shadow Moses Turbo, is quite welcoming. If you follow their Facebook page you’ll have a good idea of their humor and interests, and those are laid down pretty early on, with the opening skit leading to the first-world-problems-y “Service Unavailable 2.0”. All right, well, perhaps Shadow Moses can be a bit narrowly niche that you find yourself not connecting. They are having fun with the record, but at times it feels there’s too much fun and you’re not sure where they’re going with it. Some tracks feel like half-baked ideas, while others, like “Doomtown” and “Ideas Running Out”, grab you. But ultimately Super Shadow Moses Turbo – in all its geeky, uneven glory – is a fun listen. [NB] | 3/5
There were a few snags as we arrived at the Circuit Mall in Makati for the first Bandwagon Music Market in the Philippines. One, Shalla, who works the night shift, did not get any sleep, so I knew that we would have to skip some of the acts at one point. Two, while driving to the venue was hard, finding the Power Mac Center Spotlight was particularly difficult – although I blame it on the mall for not putting signs. It is hard to get to. I knew it was at the third floor, but we went up the wrong escalators and ended up at a chapel. Turns out we should have taken another set of stairs.
Hello. Niko here. Our review of the GoodVybes Festival, which took place last Saturday, would be a little different than we envisaged. We planned an essay of observations for the first major (arguably) music festival of 2016. We had a man on the ground: one of our contributing writers, Dexter Tan, bought tickets, making good on his vow to see Chvrches once and for all. And he was there.