“The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara, the most intriguing act of 2020? You bet. Why?”
“Because of their mesmerizing way of combining music with poetry in sound and vision.”
“Because of the way they embed their open-minded and progressive views on political and social issues in arresting sonic poems and sagas.”
“Because of the fact they introduced themselves to the world these past bizarre 12 months with no less than six remarkable singles.”
“ And last but not least because of their overall empathetic and human approach.”
ABOUT THE CHRONICLES OF MANIMAL AND SAMARA
About the chronicles of manimal and samara
The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara (TCOMAS) — Hailed as “pioneers of a new form of expression” through the performance of poetry in music, The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara (TCOMAS) are a UK-based duo comprising Daphne Ang (Singapore) and Andrea Papi (Italy) who came together in London in early 2020. Their debut album 'FULL SPECTRUM', (released on 26 February 2021, fills a gap in music by bringing literature, theatre, and history, fusing rock, metal and electronic music with poetry performance.
Drawing inspiration from TOOL and Kraftwerk, as well as the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, and Jim Morrison, TCOMAS continues to fill a gap in music by bringing literature, art, and history together into a space where rock and metal meets electronic. Their musical and lyrical themes are very much rooted in the duo’s interests in classical literature and theatre, as well as in the fields of philosophy, history, and psychology. Their musical innovations are a result of a collaborative process beginning with the composition and arrangement of the music, which Samara then casts into verbal form. By setting a poetic/narrative text within the musical composition in lyric mode which is spoken, recited and narrated instead of sung, this inter-artistic mode of transfer goes beyond placing brief interludes of spoken word over an instrumental composition.
Based out of the heart of London’s vibrant rock scene in Camden Town, London, The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara (TCOMAS) are fast establishing themselves as a formidable collaborative. In less than a year, they introduced themselves to the world with six remarkable self-produced singles amidst the bizarre events of 2020. The duo have also produced 6 full-length music videos together to accompany the release of each of their singles.
The pair are already making waves with their experimental poetry-infused music. Their latest single, "Love in the Time of Pestilence", was recently featured on the Spotify Editorial playlists, "Progressive Metal" [personalised], and "The oTHERS", consecrating the new band’s music with “the most innovative and forward thinking metal of today”.
The promising buzz from their monthly single release campaigns propelled them to release their full-length debut album, 'FULL SPECTRUM', on Feb 26. 2021. The album sweeps across the wide spectrum of music genres – from progressive rock to techno, metal to ambient and electronic, and back to rock, with lyrics delivered as – what the band describes as – ‘poetry performance’.
Their musical innovations are a result of a collaborative process beginning with the composition and arrangement of the music, which Samara then casts into verbal form. By setting a poetic/narrative text within the musical composition in lyric mode which is spoken, recited and narrated instead of sung, this inter-artistic mode of transfer goes beyond placing brief interludes of spoken word over an instrumental composition.
Their upcoming second album, Trust No Leaders, is a cathartic expression of outrage ignited by the global crisis. The new album's politically charged and satirical themes lends a more aggressive and heavier sound than its predecessor. Recorded between April and August 2021 in the artists’ studio in Camden Town, London, United Kingdom, the album’s 11 tracks combine instruments and influences old and new, east and west. The lyrical content protests and petitions for the issues in urgent need of systemic change, opening our eyes to the grim realities of modern society and the darkness of human nature.
Despite its grim themes and often sinister undertones, Trust No Leaders offers a beacon of hope in making a future that prioritises people and the environment - a future where no one is left behind. It is about the awakening of the collective human spirit. It is about what it means to be human.
Trust No Leaders, the second studio album of The Chronicles of Manimal and Samara is expected to be released in 2022.
“Our wide coverage of musical genres is not coincidental, but with the intent and aim of taking listeners through the full spectrum of human experience – some tracks offer dark and grim reminders of mortality and the human condition, while others offer messages of hope and declarations of love – covering the full range of human emotion. Also, some recall stories of creation, while others imagine the world at its end….”
“Creating the video is for us a very important stage in the making of meaning in our music. The moving image really provides a suitable medium to consolidate and crystallise the message imbued in the music and lyrics. That’s why we always create a video to accompany each song as we feel that it really completes the full picture.”