Inward

by Anise

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about

Earlier this year, singer-songwriter Anise took a journey inward, learning along the way how to turn feelings of anger and displacement into poetry, and to bid goodbye to the pain of the past. Having returned with a new understanding of solace, Anise presents her debut EP Inward, five songs of dark folk that pair off-kilter chords with tender lyricism - songs that are at once fragile and indignant, ominous and tender.

Plenty of solo, acoustic-based musicians impress us with their voices, but none leave us as awestruck as this forlorn storyteller – possessing a timbre that strikes a Tori Amos-esque balance between fragility and depth. — JUICE, 2015

A reflective contemplative EP full of very brazen confessionals and very vivid narratives. Anise mesmerises on this EP with delicate vocals, acoustic guitar and clever use of strings. One of the more artful singer-songwriter records that has come on in recent memory in Singapore. Rating: 8/10 — Bandwagon Recent Record Reviews, 2016

One of the more stand-out singer songwriter EPs this year. Instrumentation is very lush and very powerful. She’s definitely one of the strongest lyricists this year. — Bandwagon Top 10 Singapore EPs

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released November 10, 2015

All songs written by Anise
Vocals, guitars, violins by Anise
Cello by Zhong Ren Koh
Percussion, bass, 12-string guitar,
electric guitar & glockenspiel by Victor Low

Lyrics in Aoraki by Zhengxun Hee
Recorded at Affixen
Mixed and Produced by Victor Low
Mastered by James Plotkin

Special thanks to:
Victor Low, Zhong Ren Koh, Ong Szu Yoong, Michy Witchy, Yap Meiying, Clarence Aw, Clifton Mun.
My family The Diarists: Tini Aliman, Jeremy Lee, Eswandy Sarip, Thaiibah Majinon.
My lovely parents, brother, and everyone who has contributed and accompanied me in this musical journey.

© ℗ Anise

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Anise writes about her hometown Singapore and the heartbreak her situation sometimes brings; and occasionally also about the rough terrain of love and loss. Her soft vocals have been described as ‘feathery’ and ‘misty’, and her stage presence lures the audience into her cocoon of nervous energy. Anise pairs off-kilter chords with tender lyrics and poignant storytelling into her songs. ... more

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Track Name: Aoraki
I first saw him when I was eight,
an image now shrouded at the peak of my memory
but I remember the white.
A relentless blankness,
a numbness of colour
and I wondered how it came to be,
this face of indelible stone.
I was told, and I sighed, I realized

It was a rock with nowhere to go
A rock with nowhere to go
A rock with nowhere to go

And the bus moved on,
she announced over the microphone
that the mountain was always growing.
And his caves even more trenchant,
and I sit there contented,
that there is one stream

That knows her way
That knows her way
That knows her way
Into the deepest of his caves
Track Name: Bones
Lead me into your sanctuary
Not of gods and holy men
But of eyes that weep only for me
And lines that never bend

I bleed only into your streams
My love is more than mornings
That seem beautiful
Or nights that are calm with sleep

Cross our steeples
Break our bones
This love is ours to behold

Line it all in silver
We will never be under different stars
Hidden in the caresses of your music

Cross our steeples
Break our bones
This love is ours to behold

Cross our steeples
Break our bones
This love is ours to behold
Track Name: Pulp Fiction
Paper falls straight into the eddies
Words they fall pained and heavy
Paper glass paper gold
Paper thoughts they unfold

We write letters only to be pulped to snow
By Thoughts about mending a world you don't know

You clipped our wings long before we learnt to fly
Your words they stung, penguins have to live a lie
Paper hearts, paper gold
Our stories will still be told

We write letters only to be pulped to snow
By Thoughts about mending a world you don't own
Track Name: Midnight Sweepers
Midnight sweepers they come
Running round from dusk till dawn
They jostle and they broom
Through the carcasses of noon

Midnight sweepers they come
Picking up where we left
Picking out blood from the cracks
Spinning our sorrows to candle wax

In the morning
All is bright
All is fine
All is kind
The morning dew they scattered in the night
Smells like a billion butterflies
They flutter and they fly
Into the morning light
They rest on your forehead and you smile
You let out a sigh

Because the
Midnight sweepers they've come and gone
Running round from dusk till dawn
Seeking shelter from the moon
In the gutters of gloom

Midnight sweeping
Into the night
Track Name: Underwater
Watch as your head steadies
And your hands quicken
I'll watch you from behind
From the back of your mind
From the back of your mind
I'll watch you from behind

You ask if you can go again
It's a beautiful view
Step one, step two, step
From the back of my mind
From the back of my mind
I'll watch you from behind

Keep dreaming underwater
Keep bleeding mother
Keep shouting father

Keep leaving lover
Keep screaming stranger
Keep living underwater

I watch as you leave
I'm not the one you'd always need
Something comes and some things leave
Let it play, let it bleed

Keep dreaming underwater
Keep bleeding mother
Keep shouting father

Keep leaving lover
Keep screaming stranger
Keep living underwater