Subsonic Eye began with then classmates Daniel Castro Borces and Nur Wahidah meeting in class. Borces had thought that Wahidah preserved a certain hipster aesthetic, and their friendship began. Bonding over music, Dorces introduced Wahidah to his instrumental demos in desperate need of a singer. Two years later and a vital demo getting lost in the closing of their studio, all the two had left were some drum demos, and enlisted a couple of friends to join. What came about from those jam sessions and endless studio sessions surfaced Strawberry Feels, one of Singapore's most mesmerizing musical releases and a band with endless potential.

The obvious influence of dream pop bands such as Asobi Seksu and Slowdive are clear from the moment you press play, with a female lead vocalist and a range of swirling guitars, but where Subsonic Eye escape the norm of light shoegaze and dream pop is in their heavy drum patterns and overly emotional lyrics - something more formally found in the modern revival of emo. Self described as a "collection of love letters, exciting novels, and sad short stories," Strawberry Feels is met with an endless pit of rain soaked melodies and drop D tunings, backed by rich ambience and a cosmic texture.

As with most music scenes, the bands within it tend to draw inspiration from their surroundings. This trend is fitting for Subsonic Eye, as they embrace their home base Singapore with a hazy attitude of its rainy day landscapes. Singapore isn't exactly known for its lively music scene, which tends to act in the band's favour. They are presented with a blank canvas to paint their own scene, and they do so with a stroke of psychedelic pop and colourful, gazing instrumentals.

Their time signatures are well executed and their tones are flawless, as immediately presented on the opener 'Illiterate Stars', and furthermore on the following track 'In Limbo', but the dreamy aesthetic the band's music captures is contradicted by emotionally scarring lyrics like, "Come on, come down/ Cut me open, open/ Come on, calm down, Sew me shut like before/ I'm way too old for all your rough games," diving deep into the world of toxic relationships and virulent treatment, thus creating a hell of a juxtaposition.

However clean the band may sound, there is no denying the feeling of murky, muddy waters in '178', a track that acts as a mellow approach to diversify the album, but really just ends up sounding like a run down Yo La Tengo demo. It then transitions to the interlude 'Early Girl', a quick, synth cloaked endeavor that slows the band's roll as they prepare for side B.

As Subsonic Eye's stream of consciousness oozes through the rest of the album, their sense of dreariness acts as a much more relevant source of inspiration, pulling in more emo inspired closers and infectious, trance-like grooves. However, Subsonic Eye still have some room for growth and maturity, but that seems to be the point. They're in the midst of self-discovery, and their experimentation of dream-like sounds fill the void of imperfection, removing their name from a list of beginners, and solidifying their spot as hype worthy up and comers, who just so happened to make a damn near perfect record.