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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Dominic Chin releases debut EP, "License to Cry"

10/12/2020 02:38:25 PM

As promised for months, Dominic Chin has finally delivered.

The 24 years old singer-songwriter from Singapore has finally released License to Cry, his debut EP under indie label Umami Records

The record contains diverse collection of songs that document the early stages of self-discovery in Chin's life, in his efforts to articulate his struggles and explore different sounds.

In a press statement, Chin said the 7-track EP was a confessional record, with the process of recording the songs being its only way of confronting some of his personal traumas in life. 

“It was always difficult for me to verbalize my feelings growing up because I didn't ever want to give myself away and reveal my vulnerability to others,” the acclaimed singer-songwriter/producer said. “I feared that they would judge me or find me a burden, and so this album is in a way, me talking about what I didn't want to talk about.”

“In the process of making the songs, we always made it a point to make the song not sound too much as what it would lyrically seem to be,” Chin added. For example, HERE is a mid-tempo and “springy” type of song, but it talks about me missing my late grandmother. SHY is a high energy EDM song, but it talks about my paranoia and insomnia.”

Confessional in terms of songwriting treatment, Dominic Chin’s latest EP, ‘License To Cry’ is the explanation that he finally can give to people. “This is why I am the way I am,” he admits. “I have many reasons for my tears, I have many stories of my past. This album is an extension of myself.”

After months of releasing singles, Chin's debut EP focuses on CRY, its previously unreleased track that possesses an R&B sound with a bit of a late 90’s pop vibe, saying that it’s OK to cry, even as you’re told to “man up.” 

“It’s about being yourself and breaking free of the fear and shame from having to conform to others’ silly expectations and rules,” Chin explains. “Growing up, I have always had poor confidence, and hated sports and the general rowdiness that boys would get up to. I would constantly be told to ‘suck it up’ and ‘don’t be a girl.’ The song is about how me, being male, faces society’s demands to behave and act a certain way, but in fact, every man is different. I used the term ‘cry’ as a symbol in the song to represent all the unfair expectations that others place on us. We came into this world crying and yet somehow it has become ‘feminine’ to do so.”

With its gospel-inflected arrangements and incredible bigness, CRY marks a milestone for Dominic Chin as it tackles themes that aren’t usually discussed in mainstream pop music in Singapore and elsewhere in Asia—rejecting conformity, rising above society’s expectations, and empowering self-expression. It’s a powerful song to cap off a brilliant 7-track EP—a personal statement that no matter how vague and intimate, still manages to capture humanity at its finest. 

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