The new track from Singaporean psychedelic master Jonny Ong is the collaborative effort ‘Taking Silence’, which sees him stepping further into psychedelic jazz territory.
‘Taking Sience’ sees Ong collaborate with fellow Singaporean psychedelic singer songwriter, Inch. Together they build a track which takes influences from neo-soul, jazz and harder rock elements in the climactic breakdown.
“I wanted it to feel cinematic,” Ong points out. “That’s why I went for a lot of strings and horns.” As such, he worked with virtuoso Cuban-born trumpet and flugelhorn player Yelfris Valdés – known for releasing his own acclaimed retro-futurist albums and collaborating with the likes of Moses Boyd and Madonna – to help put together the intricate string arrangements. “It’s that mix of the cinematic, with modern touches influenced from trip hop bands like Zero 7 and Morcheeba. There’s also my love of jazz and ’60s psychedelia in there,” adds Ong.
It’s an ethereal song which gets heavier, or a heavy song with a slow build up. Either way, it’s an absolute banger for fans of everyone from Morcheeba to The Doors, and is another wonderful feather in Jonny Ong’s cap in the lead up to the release of his album, Isolation.