“With a hushed wispy voice in the spirit of Vashti Bunyan, ASPIDISTRAFLY have more in common with ambient composers like Max Richter — and, along the way, have found their own leaf-covered path.” – NPR Music

Taking their name from George Orwell’s novel “Keep the Aspidistra Flying”, ASPIDISTRAFLY was formed by Singapore-based singer-songwriter April Lee and producer Ricks Ang in 2003. The duo play a flickeringly filmic mixture of ambient folk with gossamer-like vocal harmonies and guitar-based drone wrapped in delicate lo-fi haziness. After two independently released EPs, the duo released their first album “I Hold A Wish For You’ in 2008 on KITCHEN. LABEL, leading to their first 7-city Asia tour in 2009. In 2010, a collaboration with haruka nakamura entitled “twilight” was awarded “Single of the week” on iTunes Japan.

In 2011 they released their second album “A Little Fable”, crafted around compelling vocals, gentle fingerpicking, distorted guitars, tape loops and orchestral arrangements. Consecutively, it led to accompanying tours across major Asian cities including Tokyo and Seoul, and their track “Landscape With A Fairy” was featured as NPR Music’s Song Of The Day. 

The duo has collaborated with artists including with Kyo Ichinose, Akira Kosemura, Seigen Tokuzawa and others, notably with haruka nakamura on his track “twilight” which was awarded “Single of the week” on iTunes Japan in 2010. In 2007, ASPIDISTRAFLY worked with renowned media artist Daito Manabe and Takayuki Fujimoto (dumbtype) on “Drift Net”. ASPIDISTRAFLY has also collaborated with Japanese fashion label LAD MUSICIAN and NARS. 

Outside of ASPIDISTRAFLY, April is a Creative Director who works in design, photography and fashion. Ricks founded Kitchen. Label in 2008, which has established a solid reputation as a purveyor of ambient, neo-classical and avant garde. Apart from touring and other artistic activities, ASPIDISTRAFLY is currently recording their 3rd full-length album.



ASPIDISTRAFLY x haruka nakamura PIANO ENSEMBLE live archive videos now on YouTube

Featuring never-before-seen footage from the Esplanade archives, Music with Scenery was ASPIDISTRAFLY and haruka nakamura PIANO ENSEMBLE’s first joint showcase in Singapore.

Ricks Ang interview on Dear Magazine

KITCHEN. LABEL founder Ricks Ang sits down with Singapore-based magazine Dear Magazine to discuss the label’s 12 year history, music and design ethos.

[CANCELLED] Ichiko Aoba : amuletum bouquet concert with opening act ASPIDISTRAFLY

Cancellation Notice: Due to the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) situation, Ichiko Aoba will be cancelling her performance on 13 Mar 2020. The artist sends her regrets and hopes to reschedule the performance in the near future. All patrons who…

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