THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA Present Stunning Video For New Single ‘THE PROPHET’

Eye-catching video clips

6 December 2021

Band: THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA

Who: London-based duo – Daphne Ang (Singapore) and
Andrea Papi
(Italy) – that fills a gap in music by bringing
literature, art, and history together into a space where
rock and metal meet electronica.

About a week ago the ever-compelling tandem impressed
(again) with new single New single: THE PROPHET. A tribute
to Sylvia Plath‘s poem, Lady Lazarus, told through the eyes
of an advanced A.I robot who is “resurrected” with a destructive
super-intelligence.

Turn Up The Volume said: “This is a slow-burning torch with
hellish flare-ups of Rammstein‘s Götterdämmerung hysterics
and roaring rock riffage while Samara‘s spoken-word ode to
the legendary American confessional poet/writer Sylvia Plath
hypnotizes and magnetizes.

Meet The Prophet here…

• Music by The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara
• Video by TCOMAS STUDIO
• Music mixed and mastered by Philip Marsden

TCOMAS: Facebook

Poetallica Duo THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA Honor SYLVIA PLATH

New striking strokes

29 November 2021

Band: THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA

Who: London-based duo – Daphne Ang (Singapore) and
Andrea Papi
(Italy) – that fills a gap in music by bringing
literature, art, and history together into a space where
rock and metal meet electronica.

New single: THE PROPHET

“Our tribute to Sylvia Plath‘s poem, Lady Lazarus. Told through the
eyes of an advanced A.I robot who is “resurrected” with a destructive
super-intelligence, the song petitions for the ethical use of Artificial
Intelligence technologies to remind us that if we are not careful, we
might find ourselves with a technology that destroys the civilisation
that invented it – us.”

Turn Uo The Volume: We know by now that Samara and Manimal’s
musical virtuosity expresses itself in combining in an organically way
their love for poetry and metal helter-skelter in an original way.

The Prophet (remarkable artwork again) is a slow-burning torch with
hellish flare-ups of Rammstein‘s Götterdämmerung hysterics and roaring
rock riffage while Samara‘s spoken-word ode to the legendary American
confessional poet/writer Sylvia Plath hypnotizes and magnetizes.

Another capricious corker.

Lyrics

Today is the day
All the world is watching
The greatest show
Ever shown

The crowd is swelling
Barricades are bursting
A great gathering
The big maggot parade

Ladies and lesser men
Seekers of mysteries
You are about to witness
The greatest miracle
Ever performed

Behold
She returns
From the world beyond
Fresh from the crucible
Rise, Lazarus, rise

The Prophet

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Turn Up The Volume’s 20 KNOCKOUT TRACKS Of The Month – OCTOBER 2021

Turn Up The Volume‘s 20 Knockout Tracks for October 2021!
A stream of rattling rippers, jagged jams and romantic reveries.

All together on Spotify

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All knockouts, one by one

‘Magic Medicine’ by DEAP VALLY (California)

After 10 years the sisters in arms want to inject their bond with new musical challenges
to keep their marriage alive and kicking (they’ll be always alive and kicking anyway).

Their new LP called, yes, Marriage and lands on 12 November.

The first taster is a slo-mo synth-vaccinated groove with Lindsey Troy‘s fully charged
guitars all over it and Julie Edwards, as usual taking care of the solid backbone drum
beat. Troy‘s vocals and Edwards echoing voice in the back give the song an extra thrill.

Takeyour medicine here…

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‘Black Widow Spider’ by PARQUET COURTS (Texas / New York)

Last week the wayward Parquet Courts unleashed their 7th album, titled
Sympathy For Life. One of the many highlights is Black Widow Spider.

A sticky head-spinning rocker.

Turn it up, folks…

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‘Faze Out’ by JAMES DOMESTIC (UK)

Expect a slash and trash jackhammer, an angry
spit and sneer storm, a Sturm und Drang uppercut.

143 seconds of furious frustration is what you get. Retro organs
clatter like if a nightmare is just around the corner, but Domestic
thunders like he’s a determined survivor who will not go down
just like that.

Join the wild ride…

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‘Better Than Life’ by GLASS SANDS (London, UK)

I listened to the title track of this London-based singer/songwriter’s new album
about 50 times, so far. It’s a guitar-driven riff-hook-and-lick standout that cuts like
a new Swiss knife with feverish and heartfelt vocals amplifying the dumbfounded
chorus. Holy smoke.

Press play, it’s better than life…


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‘Pennsylvania by JESSE STONE (Montreal, CA)

The rock ‘n roll swagger of Eddie Cochran, the surf guitar electricity
of Link Wray, and the fervent fire of Bo Diddley. Get the punchy
picture? This rollin’ razzle-dazzle riffage will boost your mood.

Get up and twirl yourself dizzy

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‘Staying Here’ by ACTING STRANGE (Scotland)

Stadium rockers The Killers will nod their heads in praise
when they hear this Scottish duo new excellent album
Staying Here.

The title track is a sassy stonker, a glam-synth-bam
banger with a relentless beat and vivacious vocals.
Top cut!

Feel the vibe…

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‘Wild Flowers’ by WARMDUSCHER (London, UK)

London’s funk-punk gang is gearing up
for their big breakthrough album.

This first taster is a trippy bass-driven disco groove you can sway
your hips to in the morning while waking up, in the evening while
getting drunk, and during the day when you’re getting bored.

Fucktastic…

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‘Dad Vibes’ by LIMP BIZKIT (Florida)

I never really liked Limp Bizkit. They wanted
to be the white Rage Against The Machine
and jumped on every crossover bandwagon.

But hey, this new single made my ears flap like crazy.
After all these years I clap for Fred Durst & co.

Rap it up, Fred…

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‘Butterfly Room’ by SHATTERCONES (London)

This fulminating sucker-punch tackles the Brexit Apocalypse with
a raging force and poignant frustration. Watch your back, Bojo!

It comes from their staggering 4-track EP This Septic Isle.

Release the bats…


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Blacked Out‘ by THE MANIC BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB (Toronto, CA)

When surreality becomes reality cry outs like these pop up to translate
alienated feelings that dominate your daily life. This club of two decided
to embed their frustration into a swirling dance stunner for our doomed
generation.

Pithy, peppery, and a blacked-out chorus that sticks as primo glue.
Add glamorous vocals and a glittering full-on wall-of-sound and the
final result is a supersonic stunner.

Here’s why…

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‘It’s Critical’ by SAVING JACKIE (San Antonio, Texas)

The heated rap-rock gang from San Antonio launched
a video for the title track of their debut album.

The clip is a clear-cut message regarding life-threatening diseases.
Flamboyant frontwoman Jenny 4C Ramirez emphasizes the fight
for your life
bravery while making your blood stream faster through
your veins.

Bang your head here…

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‘Chaos Space Marine’ by BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD (London)

These young gunslingers rushed to indie stardom with their ace
jazz and prog-rock influenced debut LP For The First Time.

Isaac Wood (frontman) about this brand new song: “it’s the best song we’ve ever
written. We threw in every idea anyone had with that song. So the making of it was
a really fast, whimsical approach – like throwing all the shit at the wall and just
letting everything stick.”

I smell great shit…


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‘Medicine’ by SLEEPSHAKE (Canada)

A blazing rock slam about the desperate need for stable emotional stimulation.
Blustering guitars, flurried synths, hot-blooded vocals, a discharging chorus, and somewhere in the middle a thunder and lighting guitar solo to electrocute all your
mind-destroying demons. Every time you take this medicine, you’ll get a kick out of it.

If you like British turbo Royal Blood
you’ll go berserk to this cracker too.

Yeahhhhh…

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‘The Met’ by COLATURA (Brooklyn, NY)

Instantly effective pop tunes like these make me smile
from left to right and back. Shiny guitars with shoegazy
sparks, a dizzy-making rhythm, happy-go-lucky sentiments,
and seducing vocals. A song that would turn Taylor Swift
into an indie star.

Check it out…


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‘Count The Death’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA: (London)

A crystal-clear structured protest against greedy political sharks and
megalomaniac charlatans oppressing people for their own devastating
agendas. Again Manimal and Samara show how to fuse poignant poetry
and versatile metal genres.

Manimal and Samara are sonic architects.

Follow their path here…

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‘Blood Moon’ by CONVERGE and CHELSEA WOLFE (USA)

The fab goth-metal gang made an album with goth heroine Chelsea Wolfe
and Cave In‘s Stephen Brodsky. The LP, titled Bloodmoon: I will soundtrack
our nightmares from November 19 on.

Here comes the first piece Blood Moon. A classic mix of deafening bombast,
theatrical doom and gloom, barking voices (except for Chelsea of course), and
hardcore torment. A perfect Halloween monster.

Your Halloween starts here…

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‘Wanna See’ by HANNYA WHITE (London, UK)

White continues her sound-exploring search. Here she fuses
symphonic instrumentation with deep-bass-resonating synth
turbulence. Trippy, dissonant, and even claustrophobic when
short fragments of White‘s restless breathing emerge somewhere
in there.

The ongoing pizzicato violin play adds both an airy and eerie timbre.
I have no idea what the totally silent outro with some echoes of (what
seems to be) firecrackers in the very end, is about. What I do know is
that the first thought that crossed my mind when hearing this, was:
Aphex Twin is back, in disguise.

Stream/buy ‘Wanna See’ here…


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‘Nightmare Pills’ by EX-HYENA

Pretty quick into the song the early days of electronic
British legends Human League and Baxter Dury‘s synth
pop sensuality (especially the female voices) popped up
on my stereo in my head.

It sounds as if this Boston tandem warns us of Big Brother’s ambition to brainwash humankind with mind-altering chemicals with this darksome, yet instantly striking
electro jam. Haunting, feverish, and gloomy are the keywords here. Best played at
night while being dazed and confused by the surreal times we experience the past
18 months.

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‘The Beachland Ballroom’ by IDLES (Bristol, UK)

A new album is canned and sees
the day of light on 12 November.

The lead single is “an honest-to-goodness
soul song named after the iconic Ohio venue.”

Expect the slower side of Idles with hefty eruptions now
and then and frontman Joe Talbot‘s blood cooking.

Feel the heat…

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‘Slow Down’ by MOONWOOD (Sydney)

It’s been a while since I heard an epic belter that evokes
an image on the screen in my head of a massive stadium
filled with a sea of people holding their phones up with
shining lights and scream at the top of their lungs.

This powerful love ballad will
trigger your romantic side…

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See/hear you next month, music junkies…

THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA Share Scary Video For ‘COUNT THE DEAD’

Clips for eyes and ears

21 October 2021

Band: THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA
Who: London-based duo – Daphne Ang (Singapore) and Andrea Papi (Italy) –
that fills a gap in music by bringing literature, art, and history together into
a space where rock and metal meet electronica.

After the release, last February, of their spectacular debut LP Full Spectrum,
the creative tandem launched new piece Count The Dead two weeks ago. A
song composed in protest of governments and world leaders, whose negligence
and recklessness have resulted in one of the largest ‘avoidable’ losses of lives in generations.

Turn Up The Volume wrote: A crystal-clear structured protest against greedy
political sharks and megalomaniac charlatans oppressing people for their own
devastating agendas. Again Manimal and Samara show how to fuse poignant
poetry and versatile metal genres. Manimal and Samara are sonic architects.

And here comes the visualization for the cutting indictment.

If words do not say enough these images will…

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THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA Are Back With Cutting Indictment ‘COUNT THE DEAD’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

11 October 2021

Band: THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA
Who: London-based duo feat. Daphne Ang (Singapore) and Andrea Papi (Italy).
Drawing inspiration from Tool and Kraftwerk, as well as the poetry of Sylvia Plath,
Virginia Wool
f, and Jim Morrison, TCOMAS fills a gap in music by bringing literature,
art, and history together into a space where rock and metal meet electronica.

After the release, last February of Full Spectrum, one of the best and most
adventurous albums of 2021, Manimal and Samara return with a new single.

Count The Death is a song “about the value of human life. We composed this song
in protest of governments and world leaders, whose negligence and recklessness
have resulted in one of the largest ‘avoidable’ losses of lives in generations. The song
raises issues that people need to know and think about, such as the social and economic injustices that plague society and violent health inequalities that have been further
exacerbated by the pandemic”
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An Eddie Van Halen-like intro riff, Samara‘s menacing spoken word rant, feverish
wailing moments, growling Napalm Death eruptions. All in one song? Absolutely.
On paper, it resembles a chaotic piece of doom and gloom anger.

On record, all those elements come together organically resulting in a crystal-clear structured protest against greedy political sharks and megalomaniac charlatans oppressing people for their own devastating agendas. Again Manimal and Samara
show how to fuse poignant poetry and versatile metal genres. Manimal and Samara
are sonic architects.

Check out why here…

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – Turn Up The Volume’s 7 Best Albums First Trimester 2021

The 7 best albums Turn Up The Volume had on repeat the first 3 months of 2021.

‘FULL SPECTRUM’ by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA (Singapore/Italy)

Released: 26th February – debut LP

TUTV said: Manimal and Samara are a poetallica sensation. A new laser light at the end of
a mythical tunnel where anything can happen. Imagine Sylvia Plath fronting a theatrical and mind-challenging psychedelic noise band. Their debut album is a multi-faceted opus in sound and vision. Compelling poetry exploring life, death, birth, past, present, and future embedded
in a titanic thunder and lighting symphony going from perplexing metal to chill-out ambient. The final result is at times jaw-dropping, at times weirdly confusing, at times dumbfounding
but always flabbergasting and fascinating. When surreality becomes reality you know something is about to happen.

Key single: Psychopath’s Monologue…


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Stream album here…

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‘SURVIVORS’ by ONISM E (San Antonio / NYC)

Released: 19th February

TUTV wrote: Gusto, high-spiritedness and anxiety are the keywords here.
This warm-blooded record is a heart-rending reflection of the group’s state of
2021 mind. A galvanizing collection of cohesive poignant emo songs influenced by
the disturbing way our troubled world is handling human issues, once-in-a-lifetime
dramas, and the personal turmoil of frontwoman Chavez. Her soul-stirring and
powerful (Aretha Franklin / young Tina Turner) voice, weeping guitars, and the
electrical intensity are at times overwhelming and heartbreaking. Impressive!

Key track: Stay


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Stream/buy album here…


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‘PUTAIN ROYALE‘ by PINK ROOM (Belgium)

Released: 12 March 2021 – second LP

TUTV wrote: “The essential message of this new powerhouse album is loud and clear:
noise-challenging turbo Pink Room is here to stay! Their tsunami energy is beyond any
decibel regulation. Again, loudmouth Bart Cocquyt leads the rip-roaring troops. As I said
before his vocal range is out-of-this-world. He easily could front a death metal band (Stay Black/Stay White) or a Nirvana reunion (Losing/Skin) or kick Ozzy Osbourne‘s ass (Hail Satan). Expect ear-shattering jackhammers, over-the-top frenzy, and an overall sonic lockdown paranoia.”

Key single: Losing

Stream album here…

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‘IS 4 LOVERS’ by DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 (Canada)

Released: 26 March 2021 – 4th LP

TUTV wrote: “The masters of drone rock are back, and they’re getting better over the years. Gigantic fuzz and buzz jackhammers but also some softer – yes, since they became fathers they let their heart & soul speak/play more – stuff. This stunning work will end up on many end-of-the-year lists.”

Key single: One + One

Stream album here…

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‘i became birds’ by home is where (florida, us)

Released: 5 March 2021

tutv wrote: “i’m damn sure this incredible punch-powered-punk-passion turbo was here before, about 40 years ago, inspiring bored kids like black flag , shellac, melvins, jello biafra, and other anarchist snotnoses, to leave home, steal guitars and drums in order to have some wild fun while scaring bad people with their deafening racket that’ll teach those old-fashioned adults watching fox.news all day long. so here they are back again, inspiring young social media junkies to steal guitars and drums instead of watching their phones all day long. home is where it all starts when you have no money to rent a smelly rehearsal room to rock your heads off. so you move into your own smelly basement and scream your poor lungs to pieces. listen up all you lost teenagers out there, play i became birds over and over again ’cause these hungry florida misfits can and will save your lives.”

Key track: sewn together from the membrane of the great sea cucumber


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Stream/buy here…


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‘CARNAGE’ by NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS (Australia)

Released: 25 February

TUTV wrote: “A mix of the romantic crooner and the haunting crooner. Growing with every spin. Compelling orchestrations, classical arrangements, with Ellis showing his musical skills once more. Can’t remember when Cave made an average album. Did he, actually? Okay, Carnage once again on my headphones.”

Key track: White Elephant

Stream album here…

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‘WE… ARE DOOMED’ by THE IRRATIONAL LIBRARY (The Netherlands)

Released: 15 January

TUTV wrote: “The rap and roll venom of Rage Against The Machine, the fuck-you-hypocrites grimness of Black Flag, the punky saxophone of X-Ray-Spex, the sharp poetic spit and sneer anarchy of Mark. E. Smith, the challenging spirit of an open-minded-plainspoken-asskicking-anti-establishement-and-other-scumbags force of doom and gloom. Sounds exactly like 2020/2021, like the end of the world as we know it, but also like an album that’s going
to be on my earphones for a long time.”

Title track: We… Are Doomed

Stream album here…

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‘FULL SPECTRUM’ By THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA! Fascinating Debut LP Track By Track

3 March 2021

Last week the debut longplayer FULL SPECTRUM
by THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA
(finally) arrived. One of the best albums of 2021. Fact!

Turn Up The Volume wrote: Manimal and Samara are a poetallica sensation. A new laser
light at the end of a mythical tunnel where anything can happen. Imagine Sylvia Plath fronting
a theatrical and mind-challenging psychedelic noise band. Their debut album is a multi-faceted opus in sound and vision. Compelling poetry exploring life, death, birth, past, present, and future embedded in a titanic thunder and lighting symphony going from perplexing metal to chill-out ambient. The final result is at times jaw-dropping, at times weirdly confusing, at times dumbfounding but always flabbergasting and fascinating. When surreality becomes reality you know something is about to happen.

Today TUTV wants to add: “These two artists care intensely
about everything they do and create everything – lyrics, music,
artwork, video clips, promo – with heartfelt love and passion,
and an awe-inspiring level of quality. Amazing!”

We are pretty excited that the authors of this
remarkable record, Daphne & Andrea, will
guide us through the journey track by track.

THE MUSIC

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THE STORIES…

Hello Daphne,
Hello Andrea,

1. ATOMS

Andrea: With Atoms I wanted to compress about 4.5 billion years into a 5 minute long track. This track represents to us the circle of life from the different eras. The music and the lyrics really scan the timeline from creation to evolution, till death, and on and on.

Daphne: I wanted to bring out Andrea’s vision for the music – which was to tell the
story of the creation of the universe. I wanted it to be a more balanced story of creation, so I decided to combine my own writing with extracts from the sacred texts of both the Eastern and Western religions. So I chose and adapted from texts the Vedas and Buddhust scriptures and contrasted this with Gnostic and Hermetic texts, and the story of Genesis as told by Dante.

The clip

2. PSYCHOPATS’ MONOLOGUE

Andrea: “I was at this techno rave party and I thought,
a fucking metal riff would be great with this kick!”

Daphne: I had been bombarding Andrea with really dark, hard, and heavy industrial techno tracks for a while…And then he came up with this track which completely blew
me away as it combined two of my music loves – [hard and dark] metal and techno.

This was actually the first recording we did together. It was totally impromptu, at least
for me. I remember Andrea sat me in front of the mic and pressed the record button,
and I froze. The magic happened when Andrea suggested that I should use some of my
old poems, so I pulled out an old manuscript with some of my old poems. My first instinct was to recite it – like a theatrical monologue, not to sing it. When I read the verses out
loud over the music, it fit so snugly within the music at the first take.

The lyrics are based on 7 sonnet poems that I wrote over a ten-year period. I kept a collection of poems in a notebook which I called the “Psychopath’s Monologue” – hence
the title of the song.

The clip

3. DEUS EX MACHINA

Daphne: We wanted to do something related to Greek Tragedy for this song. We decided
to base the song on the greatest tragedy of them all – Oedipus Rex, which was written by Sophocles and performed in Ancient Athens over two thousand years ago. I wanted the lyrics to be written and performed as it would have been in Ancient Greece, but also to keep the language accessible to a contemporary listener. So I had to do a lot of research on the structure of Greek lyrical poetry for this song.

Andrea: I wanted to add an extra nightmare on this one playing the Tar guitar with a Persian flavour because at the “premiere” of Sophocles play Oediupus Rex, which was performed in a theatre in Athens around 429 BC, the Greeks were facing an imminent attack from the Persian Empire.

The clip

4. MATA HARI

Andrea: The first concept behind Mata Hari was: How I will see the world in 2080?
Fucking worse than it is now! So…what could we do to reverse this trend? I thought we should reverse our lifestyle first. So I’ve made some changes and reversed some sounds.

Daphne: Mata Hari’ was probably one of the two songs which was purely grounded in emotion and feelings. The song is actually based on one of my paintings titled, “Feelingshttps://daphneang.com/part-iii ] – which we used as the cover artwork of the single.

In both the song and the artwork, I wanted to capture the intensity of the feelings and emotions that arise from love’s encounter – much like what ‘Mata Hari’ means in Malay – “the sun” or literally, ‘eye of the day” or “day star”.

The clip

5. THE DESCENT

Andrea: As a surfer, I’ve always had a silent but deep connection with mother nature, especially with the oceans and seas so this track has the tempo of nature. Sometimes nature takes 6 minutes to completely change the environment around you.

Daphne: The lyrics are actually based on a poem I wrote in 2004 right after the ‘Boxing
Day Tsunami
’ and earthquake which claimed 225,000 lives across Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives and Thailand. When it happened, it struck very close to where I was, so the sense of danger was very real to me. The last line of the lyrics “climbing trees to have a glimpse of the world, crumbling nevertheless”, I wrote after watching the news which showed footage of stranded survivors perched on treetops over flooded areas in the aftermath of the Tsunami. It is uncanny that something I had written years ago fit perfectly with the music and message of a song that Andrea wrote years later – this is synchronicity perhaps.

The clip

6. MESSAGE FOR THE KING

Andrea: We were watching the Game of Thrones series for
the fourth or fifth time, so this came out really organically.

Daphne: This was pretty much me acting out something from The Blackadder!
It was probably the easiest to record as it came very naturally to me.

It worked perfectly as an interlude for the album [much like in the old days of theatre], providing some comic relief before the album descended into the valley of the shadow
of death with the next song, “Love in The Time of Pestilence”.

7. LOVE IN THE TIME OF PESTILENCE

Andrea: Definitely the most trickiest song for the album because I wanted the amplitude waveform view of this track to visualise the evolution and progression of the pandemic over the course of 2020. This song became our tribute and homage to all the healthcare professionals around the world, who have risked their lives to save the lives of others.

Daphne: This was definitely the most challenging song for me as well. We wanted “Love in the Time of Pestilence‘ to be a collective message, not just ours, so I decided to combine my own writings with some quotes that would document mankind’s experience of pandemics, plagues, and disease over the course of history. The lyrics include Latin proverbs and quotes from historical figures such as Aeschylus, Benjamin Franklin, and George Orwell.

This is to remind humanity that if we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. I wanted the chorus of the song to be a warped version of Bob Marley’s anthem, “One Love”. But instead of “One Love, One Heart. Let’s get together and feel all right.”, ours would be, “One World. One People. One Disease. It’s in the air for you and me.” I guess the songs are similar in the sense that they are both a plea to mankind.

The cover artwork is based on one of my paintings titled, ‘Il Medico Della Peste’ or ‘The Plague Doctor’. [ https://daphneang.com/part-iii ] It was originally meant to be an abstract painting but Andrea saw the figure of the ‘Medico della Peste’ – a beaked Venetian carnival mask representing the physicians who treated victims of the bubonic plague. I continued the painting to emphasise the figure more. So it was definitely a befitting cover artwork for the song.

The clip

8. TCOMAS S01 E01

Andrea: Samara bought me a keyboard for my birthday. She played it on the same day and this song was born. Without Samara’s gift, this album would definitely have sounded very different.

Daphne: Tcomas S01 E01 is a storytelling song which is based on our manga comic series, “The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara“. We developed the script and characters together, and I painted the comic book cover and made illustrations of Manimal and Samara – which we then used for the cover of our debut single “Atoms”. The story is about a schoolgirl who runs away into the jungle to escape from society and the modern world. “All grown up, but alone in the wilderness, she discovers someone who would change the course of her life forever…”

One day, I was editing the script and listening to the recording we made with me playing the piano at the same time. I started reading the script out loud and realised that it fit perfectly within the music!

9. FULL SPECTRUM

Andrea: This is the only instrumental track in the album. A reminder that all technology is based on primitive needs. I wanted to evoke the experience of the unpredictability of life, our paths in life twisting and turning with every choice we make.

10. AT THE WORLDS ENDS

Daphne: We wanted this song to visualise the end of the world caused by human destruction, leaving mankind on a planet that is no longer able to sustain us. We wanted this so to bring attention to the damage human actions have brought onto to nature and our planet’s environment. But I didn’t want it to be your typical environmental activist song – so I wrote the lyrics to tell this message through a tragic love story of two lovers who bid farewell to each other on the last day on earth.

Andrea: This song has been inspired by a recent study by IPBES [Intergovernmental
Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
] which concluded that,

“Human actions threaten more species with global extinction now than ever before.”
[ https://ipbes.net/news/Media-Release-Global-Assessment ] The message of the
song is that we all have to do our part as citizens of earth.

Also, did we mention that TCOMAS also paints together as ELKYMY?
[ https://elkymyart.com/ ] We made sculptural 3D paintings inspired by
forms and flows in nature. We used a series of our paintings – also entitled
‘At The Worlds End’, as the cover artwork and title of this song.
[ https://elkymyart.com/at-the-worlds-end ].

The clip

11. THE GREAT NEWS

Daphne: I had finally finished writing the lyrics for ‘Love in the Time of Pestilence’. I had been putting this off for a long time as it was the most challenging for me. It was the last song we had to record to make our album complete. So it was a huge achievement and relief when this was done. Waving a freshly printed copy of the lyrics, I announced the great news to Andrea. He was so amused, we recorded it immediately.

Thank you very much, Daphne and Andrea, for guiding
us through Full Spectrum track by track…

THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA: Facebook

Surreality Becomes Reality – Debut LP ‘FULL SPECTRUM’ By THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA Out Now!

26 February 2021

Band: THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA
Who: London-based duo comprising Daphne Ang (Singapore) and Andrea Papi (Italy). Drawing inspiration from TOOL and Kraftwerk, as well as the poetry of Sylvia Plath,
Virginia Wool
f, and Jim Morrison, TCOMAS fills a gap in music by bringing literature,
art, and history together into a space where rock and metal meet electronic.

Album: FULL SPECTRUM – debut LP
Released: 26 February 2021

Turn Up The Volume: Manimal and Samara are a poetallica sensation. A new laser
light at the end of a mythical tunnel where anything can happen. Imagine Sylvia Plath fronting a theatrical and mind-challenging psychedelic noise band. Their debut album
is a multi-faceted opus in sound and vision. Compelling poetry exploring life, death, birth, past, present, and future embedded in a titanic thunder and lighting symphony going from perplexing metal to chill-out ambient. The final result is at times jaw-dropping, at times weirdly confusing, at times dumbfounding but always flabbergasting and fascinating. When surreality becomes reality you know something is about to happen.

Keep your eyes peeled. Next week Ag and Papi will tell you
the story behind each and every sonic trip on the album.

But here and now comes what Turn Up The Volume
is waiting for a long time: FULL SPECTRUM

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THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA: Facebook

Available via iTunes and Amazon

Hope And Despair – New Cut ‘AT THE WORLDS END’ By THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA

6 February 2021

Band: THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA:
Who: London based poetic metal tandem. Turn Up The Volume‘s
most intriguing band of 2020 and now ready for a significant
breakthrough in 2021 with debut album Full Spectrum.

Single: AT THE WORLD ENDS

“The song imagines the world at its end to raise awareness for an earth in crisis. The song
is told through the eyes of two lovers who exchange a final declaration of love, on the last
day on earth. The song also offers a glimpse of a possible future, and the hope of a new
world, when the lovers pledge to meet each other again, “where it all began, at The Worlds
End”.

Score: Another single, another triumph. If you never heard of this poetallica sensation
by now, you can catch up right here, right now. Imagine Sylvia Plath fronting a sound-challenging psychedelic metal band. Exciting? You bet. Mind-exploring? You bet. 2021 warning? You bet. Hope and despair go hand in hand in these times of a world in crisis. Manimal and Samara translate the precarious situation into another sonic tour de force.

Get impressed here…

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THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA: Facebook

Poetallica Debut Album By THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA Out Soon!

New longplayers in 2021…

26 December 2020

Artist: THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA
Who: London-based duo comprising Daphne Ang (Singapore) and Andrea Papi (Italy). They’re pioneers of a new form of expression through the performance of poetry in their genre-defying music. Drawing inspiration from TOOL and Kraftwerk, as well as the poetry
of Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, and Jim Morrison, TCOMAS continues to fill a gap in music by bringing literature, art, and history together into a space where rock and metal meets electronica

Spotify said: “The most innovative and forward thinking metal of today”.
TUTV calls it poetallica from now on.

Album: FULL SPECTRUM

Expect: One of the best albums of 2021. I know, it’s very early, but I repeat with conviction… FULL SPECTRUM will be one of the best albums of 2021 where poetry and metallic turbulence come together as one. Encounters of the third kind. Why do I know? Because 6 of the 11 tracks were released the past 12 months as singles and are already worth an album on its own. And I had the privilege to hear the other four gangbuster trips. So there you go. And TCOMAS deserve also five-stars for their videos and artwork. Ang and Papi care about their art.

Three of the sterling 2020 singles

– MATA HARI –

– PSYCHOPATH’S MONOLOGUE –

– ATOMS –

THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA: Website – Interview with TUTV!