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With the release of his 1st two singles, Gentle Bones (Joel Tan, age 22) has already established himself as one of the top upcoming artistes in Singapore’s english music scene with over 500,000 views from his YouTube videos alone and strong support from local radio stations such as 98.7fm, Power 98, Hot 91.3 and Lush99.5.
This debut self-titled EP, significantly funded by the National Arts Council's EP Grant, is one of the most awaited releases of 2014. The “Pop-Folk” EP is highly driven by visceral thoughts, of what Joel puts across as his style of doing music without conscious reflection. Filled with 3 fast-paced anthems and two love songs, it is the product of Joel’s personal exploration of music over the past 4 years and what he believes to be the best work that he has conceived so far.
The EP was produced and mixed by Roland Lim at Sync Studios , one of Singapore's top producers with over 5 #1 and 20 Top 10 hits in Asia and Australia & mastered by Joe Bozzi ( Britney Spears,U2 ) at Grammy-winning Bernie Grundman Mastering
The media “explosion” of Gentle Bones, which started in December 2013 after the release of his first single 'Until We Die' , is highly attributed to the distinct sound of Joel’s voice and song-writing. One may find it hard to place his music in a specific genre, simply because of Joel’s strong belief in the enjoyment of music to be rid of its tribalist nature and for all to love music as it is regardless of genres. Which attributes to his music’s ability to transcend the boundaries of taste, age and language. Gentle Bones stands for something much more than the music that Joel writes, it represents the movement in which youths chase their dreams and have said to have provided inspiration for theirs.