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A City Without Snow

for Middle Class Cigars
creative direction and design, branding, marketing and pr

With contributions from 9 Singapore-based musicians, A City Without Snow is a Christmas compilation album consisting of seven original songs and two renditions of classics. Born from different emotional perspectives of the season, each composition is a musical vignette of a uniquely Singaporean Christmas. Released on Middle Class Cigars in 2016, the compilation encapsulates a collective dynamic of warm and intimate sounds of which the label thrives in.

One of the favorite things I worked on for this release was its series of two videos – one for Cosmic Child’s “0212” and another for Subsonic Eye’s “Holiday Depression Triggers” – that so perfectly captured the melancholy and warmth of spending Christmas in Singapore.

Aside from my usual branding and publicity responsibilities, I also worked closely with collage artist Trudy Gold on its cover, and shot some of my favorite product photographs of our tapes.

Read more about it on Bandwagon, TimeOut, and JUICE.

Art Direction & Design by Raphael Ong
Album Artwork by Trudy Gold
Video by Raphael Ong & Lee Jing Wei