COSMIC ARMCHAIR’S first full length indie electronic pop / synthpop album CONTACT is out on November 17th, 2017.
Cosmic Armchair is an indie electronic pop duo from Singapore, featuring Cosmic Jane (singer / songwriter) on vocals and Cosmic Ben (producer / arranger) on keyboards and touchscreens. With influences from Tears for Fears, Ayumi Hamasaki, Pet Shop Boys, Armin van Buuren, Depeche Mode, Sting, Howard Jones, St Etienne, Front 242, and Assemblage 23, fans and critics describe them as a cross between ’90s synth-pop, trance and new wave.
Cosmic Jane and Cosmic Ben met at the Electronic Music Lab (EML) at the National University of Singapore while working on solo electronic music projects. They formed Cosmic Armchair in 2008 and have since released multiple EPs and remix CDs, which can be found in selected stores as well as online on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and Bandcamp. Cosmic Armchair signed a multi-album deal with leading alternative electronic record label Alfa Matrix (based in Europe) in 2014, and have been featured in compilations Songs from the Matrix and Absolute Grrrrls Manifesto.
Cosmic Armchair has been performing at events like Twilight Galaxy (with Analog Girl and Amberhaze), The Esplanade’s On The Waterfront festival (with Breakbeat Theory), Heart of Glass at Blu Jaz (with X’Ho), Lovelectric at Blu Jaz (with I Hate This Place), BayBeats 2010 Concourse (the largest alternative music festival in Singapore), and The Esplanade’s Postcards from Singapore series. They also played at Nospace Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand.
In 2016 Cosmic Armchair played two shows in Japan – in club Batica (Ebisu, Tokyo) and for Togo Curry (Chiba) – with Japanese cult favourite video artists Cobalt Bomb Alpha Omega.
Back in Singapore, they created a unique hybrid Peranakan / electronica show Digital Dondang Sayang, featuring pantun (traditional Peranakan poems) written by Ben’s great grandfather in the early 1900s. The show was performed at the NUS Baba House.
Cosmic Armchair’s first full length indie electronic pop / synthpop album CONTACT is out on November 17th, 2017. In the meantime, they have been remixing other artists, including German dark electro duo Totem Obscura, Belgian gothic metal / dark electro duo Lovelorn Dolls (Miss Friday Night), Spanish electropop band Mondtraume (Life is short), Simon Carter (Reasons), Singapore’s Lunarin (The Sky) and Emily Haw (Waiting), and for competitions (Count On Me Singapore Stadium Mix for SGRemixed, and Linkin Park’s The Catalyst for the Warner Music Linkin Park Remix Competition, and Beautiful Clothes for the TV Mania competition). They also contributed cover versions to tribute albums to electronic music pioneers Front 242 (Work 242) and also The Cure (Friday I’m In Love).
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“Trancey … with angelic voices” – Aldrin, international DJ
“Their strength is clearly in vital progressions and electro arcs … hot on the heels of Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys” – blaineinpdx, iTunes review
“…like a cross betwen 90s synth-pop, trance and new wave… probably one of the better local releases this year … sounds like what you would get if you were to mix Depeche Mode with The Birthday Massacre (without the guitars).” – Navigator magazine
“Gem tracks: Frontiers, Here and After, and Grey” – Chris Toh, TODAY newspaper
“Cosmic Jane plays Everything But The Girl’s Tracey Thorn to Cosmic Ben’s Ben Watt, in a man-woman interplay of subtle emotion and dance rapture. Take You Home is the piece de resistance here, with Jane’s calm confession over Ben’s incremental build-up of micro beats and synth rain.” – Yeow Kai Chai – The Straits Times
“Song after song feels like a warm wash of sound that is both grounding and inspiring … This is the kind of music that will stand up well, years after it’s release.” – Spin or Bin Music