The heart and soul of The Observatory is in its constant reinvention. With each release, the members have persisted in their experimental take on the pop songform. In 10 years, The Observatory has gone from folk electronica to prog to avant rock, approaching a more primal, new dark wave sound with their fifth album, CATACOMBS. Putting preoccupations about genre aside, The Observatory explores music that’s texturally complex, viscerally emotional and splintering in its bleakness. A study in delusion, insanity and obsession, CATACOMBS provokes and inspires in a deeply enigmatic way. Even at its coldest and most abstract, it is human to the core.
'As heavy as something you might find on that legendary first Black Sabbath album, “Catacombs” is a cathartic squall as Low sings, “Behind these eyes are catacombs”, you will definitely shiver. Likewise on unsettling “Headworm”, the disturbing metaphor is raised – “For the worms in my head/How are you?/You have been with me through thick and thin” Brrrrr. And then there is “Accidentagram”. Is this dark atmospheric track an examination of lunacy? Taking the words and music together, it is a representation of madness that one will find chilling. ' - Kevin Matthews, POWER OF POP
"It's dark outside but The Observatory have been brave enough to show us through the darker side of life and music - picking up Syd Barrett and Bauhaus along the way for lessons in loneliness, madness and obsession. Listening to tracks like "Accidentagram" and "Insomnia" may be a forbidding experience, but it's in those cold and still corners that you'll find a haunting and subliminal beauty." - Min Chen, ZIGGY
"Alternating between tomb-like quietude and screeching psych madness, CATACOMBS will bore a hole down the crevices of your mind. Listen, or don't, at your own peril." - Iliyas Ong, NYLON
'The Observatory - Enter The Catacomb' is a series of live sessions featuring the band performing the entire repertoire of songs from their new album, captured on camera for the first time, live in their own studio space at Goodman Arts Centre. These are not music videos but live recordings with a multi-camera and multi-track setup. Experience the band play live when you purchase CATACOMBS on CD/LP/Digital. For special access into the catacomb, visit www.theobservatory.com.sg for more details.