New Music Critique: Lunarin

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Contact: lindajoelle@gmail.com
Web: lunarin.com
Seeking: Publicity, Promotion
Style: Alt-Rock

Based in Singapore, this synth-rock trio’s dark, propulsive sound is spearheaded by singer-bassist Linda Ong, whose solid, whisper-infused (and sort of creepy) delivery is perfect for the band’s moody, downcast vision. We only wish the sound mix on “Hold My Soul” did not bury her with snarling guitar riffs and insistent keyboards. The danceable track “Invisible” is a call-to-action song where, once again, the lead vocal is no match for her band, especially the powerful drums. The most successful outing is “Burn,” which softens Lunarin’s sound via synths that emulate a string section that ascends along with a solo piano. Ultimately, this solid band’s dirgey material couldn’t really rouse us.