By Tiffany Chan
In an ode to endurance, Singapore’s very own Ah5ive The Band 阿五 has released a new single named “How do I forget you 要我如何把你忘記”.
Based on how the pandemic has reformulated how we endure pain, struggles, and setbacks in life, the veteran band has re-emerged from a six-year hiatus to share how they’ve been inspired by their ups and downs.
Through their new single the band pose an existential question inspired by loved ones they’ve lost – what would you do to forget someone?
Due to the influence of Cantopop music during his childhood years, lead singer Guo Hui incorporated samples of Cantonese Opera into the opening bars of the song.
For Opera fans, these lines might bring back a wave of nostalgia as they’re taken from the classic piece Shān Bó Lín Zhōng by Chan Siu-Fung.
This spectacular opening was extracted from the Chinese tale Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai (The Butterfly Lovers) – a tragic love story about star-crossed lovers.
Traditional Chinese instruments such as the Suona feature prominently against a mix of Canto Opera, Trip hop rhythms, and thrashing rock to create a sound that is fresh and intriguing as it is heart-wrenching.
Evoking a surreal feeling of longing from one’s most sorrowful memory; the song encourages listeners to be brave in the face of any obstacles life throws your way.
Stay tuned for more music from Ah5ive as the band plans to release their third studio album ‘Slow Motion‘ by the end of this year.
The song ‘How do I forget you’ is officially out on all major music streaming platforms, listen now!