Boldly proclaiming to be “Singapore’s answer to the likes of Damien Rice and Ben Howard,” local singer-songwriter Lincoln Lim is hard to disagree with when it comes to his latest single, “Lift Your Eyes”.
At only 23-years-old, Lim channels heartache in a way that some performers take decades to develop. With a folk sensibility similar to Mumford & Sons, the young musician goes from gravelly verses to soaring choruses in his lesson on walking away from a double-edged love, while reconciling his own steps that led to being cut.
Speaking with us about how the song culminated, Lim explains, “I finished the song after leaving an emotionally abusive relationship, where my depressive tendencies were acting up pretty much every day and I was very broken by the end of it.” Finding the optimism in the painful experience, he adds, “It represents a period of my life that has helped shape me as a person.” As well as serving as a vehicle for catharsis, Lim also hopes to “bring attention to and hopefully breed understanding” of the complex nature of abusive relationships.
The single arrives at a time when conversations surrounding sexual abuse and misconduct are finally gathering widespread attention in the mainstream media, following the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.