Having graced the finals across a myriad of singing competitions across Asia such as MTV Asia’s Project: Aloft Star and Yamaha Asian Beat, Marian Carmel is definitely one to watch as one of 2019’s rising indie darlings as she skyrockets from her not-so-humble beginnings in the Singapore Noise Music Mentorship Programme.
After a dazzling introduction in her collaboration with Singaporean rapper Axel Brizzy, which saw over 700,000 streams on Spotify, Marian’s highly anticipated debut single is finally here! The upbeat alternative-RnB track hosts a playful beat, in which Marian’s exuberant vocals flutter across registers, cutting through the enveloping instrumentals. However, the song’s backbone is a set of dark lyrics, echoing the sensations that come with a tough mental journey.
“It’s a hushed cry about my encounter with panic disorder and relapse,” says the 22-year-old singer-songwriter, of the unwaveringly daring and candid verse. “The lyrics take you on a journey through my episodes, between dissociation and trying to ground myself, culminating in a painful recovery.”
About Marian Carmel
Marian Carmel is a Filipino singer-songwriter based in Singapore who takes influence from soulful R&B tunes reminiscent of Emily King and Lianne La Havas. Her lush vocals breathe life into the melancholic nature of her songs, which are often borne out of catharsis.
In her first year of pursuing music in 2016, Marian found herself as one of the mentees for Singapore’s Noise Music Mentorship Programme, and joined competitions such as MTV Asia’s Project: Aloft Star where she was flown to Bangkok, Thailand to compete in the Top 5 Finals, and Yamaha Asian Beat where she emerged as the 1st Runner Up in the Singapore division.
The 22-year-old’s first release was “Thursday”, a feature on a song co-written and performed with Singaporean rapper Axel Brizzy. On top of being dubbed “Best Song to Sing Along to” at the Singapore Youth Music Awards, the R&B tune has garnered over 700,000 listens on Spotify, and debuted on 8 Spotify-curated playlists all over Asia (New Music Friday Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong).
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