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MUON is primarily songwriter-musician- producer Nick Chan — and whoever he can rope in to assist him in
his arcane music making. In this case, it’s
musicians Jordan Chia,Adam Shah and Ren Ren.According to the band’s official bio, MUON’s raison d’etre is “electronic experimentation and beat-science,
fusing together bricolages from genres
as diverse as IDM, ambient trip-hop, occult channelling and jazzy cinematic soundscapes”. Quite. On The Shape Of Shapes To Come, MUON continues to fulfill its challenging mission statement with a collection of largely instrumental songs that push the envelope with respect to unique soundscapes, intriguing arrangements and intelligent choices regarding instrumental sonic approaches. There is also a thoughtful combination
of organic and synthetic sounds that permeate this album that highlight the contrasting utilisation of melodic and atonal compositional constructs.Tracks like trip-hop-jazz exercise Aleph, and the sublime Apophenia emphasise the former. Elsewhere, songs like the robotic DamageControl, and the harsh ambience of Dark Flow proves consideration for the latter concern. Not for plebeian pop tastes perhaps, although tracks Jesus Jones, with its ethereal female vocals might win an argument for radio play, along with other excursions into indie pop territory like Aqua Assault — what with its overall hipster vibe finding common ground with the more adventurous clubbers
out there.You can get the album from MUON’s bandcamp page (http://muon. to-come-lp). KEVIN MATHEWS - The Straits Times TODAY Newspaper May 15th 2012

"MUON: Beauty In Refraction"

Whether as a calculated nod to self-reflexivity or as a result of plain coincidence, MUON have titled a song “Apophenia” on their latest LP. The term denotes the experience of forging meaning from random and disparate streams of data. There are a great many things to be said about the towering edifice of aural wonders that the band has erected and nomenclature might be the most illuminating way to attempt an approach towards appreciating The Shape of Shapes to Come (Shapes).

This is a portentous record made up not so much of songs but of shapes: shapes that shift with every modulation of phase and rhythm within the disparate movements that give each track its fluid structural integrity. That is the beating heart of the conceptual ingenuity of the record. Every item on the track list is, in different ways, darkly emblazoned with the vigorously insistent drumming, artful and insinuatory guitars, mood-inflected keys and blurps and pulsating resonant bass that works to continually (re)define the shifting parameters of this work.

The first track, “Aleph”, is a succinct blueprint of the world that is Shapes. Like the Phoenician letter, it alludes to—the Aleph—which is the predecessor of the Greek “Alpha”; in “Aleph” lies in germ the elements that inspire and animate the run-time of each track on this record. In “Aleph”, as in the other tracks, there is no inlet of uniformity for the listener to comfortably assume his/her place. The initially languid atmosphere of the track is undercut by an urgency that does not so much veer it away from its loungy origins as it does add a propulsive rhythm to the veneer of calm the track begins with. What follows is the aptly christened “Aqua Assault”. Roiling ferment is the essence of this song. Amidst the backdrop of a constant bass line, restive guitars, frenetic drumming and sporadically pullulating keys herald the eruption of a sea-borne insurgency. A dialectic of brooding electronica and reverberating alt rock, “Aqua Assault” recombines the hallmarks of both genres into a more complex, more evolved whole that is compellingly evocative.

The men of MUON are master craftsmen in the stylized presentation of sound. Thorough and within the interplay of the incredibly varied and complex rhythms that swirl around each other in the space of a single track, the opportunities to make something with and to visualize the veritable smorgasbord of sounds is tremendous.

Everything on this record is redolent of an elegance that is above and beyond the easy reprieve of emotion. Even on “Jesus Jones”, which features the pining lyric “Where are you / I seek for you” – it is impossible to settle into that nook of yearning and wanting that would have been possible on a more “direct” soundscape. Skittish blurps, plangent guitars and foreboding keys meld around easy other, coaxing the listeners away from feeling and leading them into the realm of seeing. Flashes, gashes and swirls of color, memory and experience percolate, coalesce and flit away in every shape.

“The Switch” is yet another intriguing product from MUON. Lachrymose guitars are carried into a dark groove by a truly expert rhythm section before a sample of a male voice retelling a uretic tale of oddly—even defiantly—existential dimensions stops to allow for a moment of calm, a lull in time and gravity before the wielders of the instruments unleash a cataclysm of sound. This is truly the dark side of the sublime.

Militantly monumental in its scope, Shapes is testament of how craft, vision and style can tear through the fabric of the medium to take the perennial tendencies of meaning-making and meaning-searching to completely wondrous dimensions. Shapes is a triumph. Only a rockist Luddite would disagree.

—Indran Paramasivam - Music Services Asia


The Shape of Shapes to Come LP - 2012
MUON - Live @ Mosaic Festival - 2011
The New Mutants LP - 2008
MUON: Bangkok Live - 2006
In Flught LP - 2004
The Death of Cinema LP - 2003



MUON is a band delving through electronic experimentation and beat-science, fusing together bricolages spanning IDM, ambient trip-hop, and jazzy cinematic soundscapes. Aiming for that liminal spot between the live and electronic realms, the music of MUON is a trip into a landscape where the marriage between dehumanized emotion and callous machines is perfectly complete.
The band has played various festivals ranging from the Mosaic Music Festival, The People’s Party, Baybeats, Wardrobe @ Zouk, JUICE Anniversary show, and has also shared the stage with MGMT and The Whitest Boy Alive.
MUON was the first act invited to kick-off audio-visual collective Syndicate’s first SubSessions night, and was one of seven music artists invited to represent Singapore in the British Council’s ‘Musicity’ global initiative, which saw the fusion of architecture and music. MUON was selected to compose an ‘environmental soundtrack’ for The Esplanade.
With a prolific and somewhat discontinuous output, MUON has a body of work spanning 4 albums, the latest being ‘The Shape of Shapes to Come’, an enigmatic and monumental manifesto released in 2012 to critical-acclaim.
In addition, MUON was invited to compose a full soundtrack to PlusMinusTen, Asia’s first exhibition celebrating the design principles of German industrial designer Dieter Rams. MUON won the 2011 JUICE Award for ‘Best Laptop Act’.
The band has been working on new material for an upcoming release, marking a stylistic transition and departure from arcane experimentation, going into the realm of formal results. Employing the use of vocals and fractured narratives, the new work attempts to render musically the immanent yet elusive ‘chaos of the normal’.
MUON is made up of Nick Chan, Jordan Chia, Adam Shah and Ren.

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