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Geoff Ong - Single/Video Review: Fingerprints

09 Jul 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford

Auckland-based pop-soul musician Geoff Ong has just released his brand-new track Fingerprints and self-shot video which accompanies it. The video is obviously filmed with a hand-held camera but manages to capture the vibrancy of Tokyo. It has a raw look about it, with karaoke style words emblazoned onto the images. This is always a smart plan, as it practically forces you to sing along to the track, thus it gets stuck in your head whether you like it or not. In this particular case, I liked it very much. 

Fingerprints was recorded in Geoff's bedroom in Kingsland with production, mixing and mastering done by Phil Levine of Igloo Music Studios in Los Angeles (Grammy Award winners for their work on La La Land 2016).

This tune is contagious and has been previously described as getting better with every listen. It does just that, each listen to Fingerprints brought forward something new, a new depth of bass, a new beat. There is an electronica vibe running through the track, an upbeat song with serious contemplation in the lyrics “The track is about the feeling of displacement you get after something significant in your life ends – a relationship, a friendship, or a chapter of your life. There’s a lot of layers involved in that feeling, but it’s mostly about the idea that the fingerprints of the experience will always be present in your life.” This is a cool danceable track with a story that inspires reflection.

Geoff Ong appears to be a multi-talented creative, not only in music and recording but also photography, videography and graphic design. With three EP’s already under his belt, he shows no sign of slowing down. I look forward to hearing what he has up his sleeve in the future.


Review written by Corinne Rutherford

 

About Geoff Ong

Geoff Ong first began writing music in a short-lived garage band named The HyperHyders. They were pretty bad. After a while though, they realised this ('this' being the fact that they were pretty bad) and made a collective decision to get good. Since then, Geoff has been honing his art by playing, writing, and listening to as much music as possible.

After seeing some success with rock and roll band A.D.D in high school (they were even interviewed live on C4, just quietly), Geoff’s life moved into a shiny new chapter- university. The beginning of Geoff’s studies at university marked a new period in his musical development- new friends, new bands, and new possibilities. Being involved in as many as 6 bands at once, ranging from hardcore band East of Eden to the Queen City Big Band to the Auckland University Glee Club, it’s a wonder Geoff managed to fit in any papers at all. However, the combination of lack of sleep and unhealthy amounts of caffeinated beverages means that he finally scored a degree in mechanical engineering at the end of 2010. +1 intelligence!

While studying and playing in various bands, Geoff was also quietly developing his craft as a solo musician. A few months living in Taranaki saw Geoff come out of his shell- playing solo all over the Taranaki region, and even managing to make it onto the local airwaves. Upon returning to his home of Auckland, he decided to take the prospect of being a solo musician more seriously, and has been gigging around Auckland as often as possible ever since.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Geoff Ong

Releases

The Boston EP
Year: 2015
Type: EP
Streetlights
Year: 2014
Type: EP
The Snorlax Mixtape
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Pictures
Year: 2011
Type: EP

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