cues – “Atlas”
Singaporean math-rock band cues haven’t been around long, but their debut single “Atlas” is a brisk jam session that holds a lot of potential.
Influenced by guitar-heavy rock giants like tricot, toe, Chon, and And So I Watch You From Afar (ASIWYFA), cues is a four piece all-female math-rock band that leans heavily on their influences. Even though they’ve only been around for a little over two years, they’ve been hard at work playing local shows in Singapore and recording their first EP. But if “Atlas” is any indication, it’s worth keeping an eye on the rising band.
Featuring glowing guitar melodies that interweave with each other with calculated ease, “Atlas” is a breezy introduction to cues’s bright sound. Like most math-rock jams, there’s a building tide that rises before reaching a climax that is lifted by “oohs” towards the end of the song. Though it’s normally difficult to captivate audiences with an instrumental-only piece (especially when it’s your debut single), cues have managed to do it without breaking a sweat. However, despite using a comfortable song structure, “Atlas” works as a welcome introduction for the band.
Even though “Atlas” doesn’t rewrite the math-rock genre, (their music’s close vicinity to that of covet and tricot is almost too similar), cues is off to a running start.
Li-Wei Chu is the chief editor of From the Intercom. When he’s not editing drafts and searching for new artists to cover for the website, he loves watching cult films, cooking, and listening to his ever-growing collection of vinyl records. You can follow him on LetterBoxd and make fun of his taste in movies here!