Weaving a sound well beyond the confines of their bedroom pop beginnings, Singapore-based trio Sobs captures an awkward yet endearing introversion, their music replete with playful melodies that front a dream pop backdrop.
One of Asia’s brightest sparks in indie pop, Sobs have inspired cult followings in the US and Southeast Asia in 2017 with their EP Catflap. On its hit single ‘Girl’,unassuming vocals adorn crisp layers of jangling guitars that embody a kitsch, yet undeniably relatable charm.
But as much as Sobs’ songs shimmer with pop immediacy, sombre undertones cloud the buoyant tunes. Frontwoman Celine Autumn’s voice is at once both pastel and haunting as she reminisces on desires and dreams with affecting frankness, drawing comparisons to the likes of Alvvays and Frankie Cosmos.
In this juxtaposition, the band finds itself walking a fine line between the ebullience of high-spirited indie rock and the tense anxiety of restless melancholia. Their debut full-length Telltale Signs further reinforces the contrast with infectiously energetic guitar lines atop of lyrics telling stories of bittersweet love and a yearning for escape.
With the release of Catflap, Sobs quickly caught the attention of tastemakers such as TheLazylazyme and David Dean Burkhart, press like The 405, Indie Shuffle and BIRP!, while remaining on Bandcamp’s best-selling charts and picked as a New and Notable release. Spotify curators have also taken notice, adding ‘Girl’ into their Bedroom Pop playlist alongside contemporaries Clairo, King Krule and Mac DeMarco.
Fresh off a successful tour around Southeast Asia featuring the likes of Peach Pit, Mellow Fellow and Sunset Rollercoaster, Sobs are set to venture beyond with Telltale Signs.
Sobs is Celine Autumn, Jared Lim and Raphael Ong.
“[Sobs] not only tilts its cap to contemporary indie darlings, but goes out on a limb of its own. [...] without a doubt, an instant classic, one that will resonate with you not only in the future, but upon immediately listening to it.” – The 405
“Bright and gorgeous indiepop from this Singaporean band pairs sparkling, silvery guitars with light-as-air vocal melodies.” – Bandcamp’s New and Notable
“The city-state’s answer to Alvvays.” – The Revue
“Sobs’ music is that of a daydream, guiding the listener through a hazy mist of indestructible rhythms and candid sincerity.” – The Grey Estates
“[Sobs has] furnished an antidote to the overly connected, accelerated present.” – JUICE