The Observatory – a name that may suggest passive objectivity, but which really describes a band whose music is an impassioned response to the society it is enmeshed in. Here is a band that has, in its close-to-20-year history, been ever ready to speak truth to power, whether through the symbolic force of words or physical intensity of sound. The latest constellation of The Observatory features Yuen Chee Wai and Dharma on guitars, efx and objects; and Cheryl Ong on drums; with Ong and Yuen multitasking on electronics. This marks The Observatory's latest sojourn into wordless territories and atonalism, with influences from post-punk to free improv and experimental electronics – a vibrant ecology of pulsing vibrations, extended freeplay and propulsive motorik-tions.
Music for those who still care. Music for a new world.