‘Home’ is a common thread running through the songs. For singer-songwriters Corrinne May and Charlie Lim, living overseas was a shared experience that influenced their collaborative songwriting. “We explored that whole tension, that whole push-pull between being in Singapore and being overseas,” shares May. “We wanted to personify Singapore as someone you love and leave, but ultimately always return to.”
The result? ‘Kite’ – a soulful ballad with hints of The Civil Wars, an American indie folk duo from Nashville, and Glen Hansard’s movie soundtrack for Once.
“Sometimes, you need to get away from the familiar in order to discover yourself and to push yourself creatively. Yet you know you’re anchored to family and friends in Singapore,” explains May. “That’s why the image of a kite is so appropriate. One needs to be tethered, anchored down to something solid and secure in order to fly and soar.”
Lim, 26, was unabashed in expressing his respect for May, 42, whom he credits for paving the way for his generation to make original English music in Singapore. “In the case of Charlie and Corrinne, I wanted to encourage mentoring between them,” discloses Ling. “But ultimately, for everyone, it’s more the joining of hands than passing on the torch.”