Never Seen The Roof (audio reel), 2021only losers left alive
Never Seen The Roof, 2021
Mark Chua and Lam Li Shuen
Audio recordings mastered to reel-to-reel tape
7-inch audio reel, inside hand-painted box with album artwork and liner notes
“Never Seen The Roof” is an upcoming concept album from filmmaking and sound duo, Mark Chua and Lam Li Shuen. It channels the concept of love, as a disruptive possibility, within fear and grief. Three songs are included in part one of only losers left alive (love songs for the end of the world), functioning as a soundtrack to the exhibition itself. The loose narrative of the album is oriented around a fictive Jujon Street - an embodiment of the state of things today - and the odd inhabitants who graze slowly among its decaying environs. The tracks sound the moods of scenarios of reckless abandon, creaking hankerings, and the acceptance and rejection of what is to come. Here are songs about love: love in the grips of high anxiety, and love in pursuit of the hope of some measure of peace. The sonic textures are simple and raw, with vocals accompanying an instrumental soundscape of jangly guitars and a pensive piano, playing off bass and drums. The recordings were made in the artists’ home.
Mark Chua & Lam Li Shuen are Singaporean filmmakers and artists who work in the intersections of sound and image. Their second experimental feature Revolution Launderette was presented at the 30th Singapore International Film Festival (2019), 8th Asian Film Festival Barcelona (2020), 6th Mammoth Lakes Film Festival (2020) among others and won the Spirit Award at the 11th Eastern Oregon Film Festival (2020). Their latest short film ‘The Cup’ screened in competition at the 51st Tampere Film Festival (2021) and the 5th International Film Festival & Awards Macao (2020). It was awarded the First Prize (Moving Images) at the Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize (2021).