Fitting iNCH into a caricature of her namesake would be a misnomer. Always surprising people with her breadth of musicianship and depth of personality, iNCH is never afraid to venture into the discomforting umbra of artistry to push her own limits and challenge popular perceptions. One can imagine her as a musical nomad with the spirit animal of a mouse deer — endangered, private and mysterious, yet when revealed is honest and vulnerable — a contradiction of meekness and artfulness. Such unpredictability makes this pint-sized Singaporean singer-songwriter all the more an exciting paradox to embark on a musical adventure with.
In her latest EP, Letters to Ubin (2015), the mouse deer canters back to find her roots in nature, as she draws ideas from the raw appeal of Pulau Ubin in a four-month stay as part of a joint project with The Artists Village & National Arts Council. This new EP finds iNCH once again as musical nomad, reflecting on city life and the countryside, deflecting back and forth between the mechanical and analog worlds, and so inflecting Letters to Ubin with the music concrete that showcases the sounds and sights of the rustic Pulau Ubin. iNCH retrofits into her musical journey a missing digital forest now rediscovered, beckoning listeners to join her on an aural trek across the Pulau and harkening them to consider this: Come, take a pause, and contemplate fruitful idleness — this concept that is a rare, almost paradoxical commodity in the Singaporean economy of life.