With a strong, elegant voice delivering soul-searching lyrics, Singapore-based singer-songwriter Ethel Yap's music traverses vast soundscapes from indie-folk to alternative rock, with subtle electronic influences carried on earthy acoustic arrangements.
Her debut eponymous EP, produced by James Lye (Gareth Fernandez EP, Bakers In Space “Implosions EP”, Maricelle “The Pursuit EP”), explores themes of identity, home, personhood and roots, plunging the depths of self-discovery, lingering on intimate meditations of time and loss, birth and war. From the unhurried musings on relationships of “Place Of Our Own” and the layered musical instrumentation on the intimate confessional “Underwater”, to the scorching lyrics on alternative rock “Marionette” and the delicate, aching vocals on the lead folk single “Beautiful”, the record embodies the origin story of a pilgrim artist finding her way through the ebb and flow of belonging, life and love. Her standalone single, "Like", seeks to help young people express their struggles with social media addiction and to encourage them to explore healthy alternatives.
Ethel is influenced by The Swell Season, Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan, Ray LaMontagne, Fleet Foxes and Charlie Lim. She was a mentee in the Noise Singapore Music Mentorship (2015) under Randolf Arriola's guidance and has performed her music at venues such as the Esplanade Concourse, Artistry cafe, Barbershop by Timbre, Lepark, Starker Music and at Festivals such as Baybeats Open Stage, the Twenty-Something Festival, Mosaic Music Weekend and many more.
As a theatre actress, Ethel Yap has been featured in a variety of lead and supporting roles, working with companies like W!LD RICE, Pangdemonium, The Theatre Practice, The Necessary Stage and Singapore Repertory Theatre, amongst others.