SINGAPORE - Xinyao pioneer Liang Wern Fook's latest album, I Hear The Sound Of Dawn, contains several classics such as Eve Before The History Exam, Watching Television and Singapore Pie.
But among the 15 tracks is a new song written by the 52-year-old veteran singer and composer that has earned a mention from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong himself: Rediscovery.
The breezy number, performed by local singers Tay Kewei and Alfred Sim, was specially commissioned by Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao as part of its recent revamp.
It depicts the paper's long-standing relationship with its readers and encourages them to rediscover the new Zaobao, which features a refreshed print edition and new offerings on its digital platforms.
A music video of Rediscovery, which was shared on Zaobao's Facebook page on July 21, has since garnered over 220,000 views.
PM Lee shared the video on his Facebook page that same day, taking the opportunity to encourage Singaporeans to improve their Chinese by reading the paper.
"For a language to stay alive, it needs to be part of our daily life," he wrote.
The three-minute music video took a month to produce, according to a Zaobao article on July 23.
I Hear The Sound Of Dawn is Mr Liang's first record since 1992's Go East.
"It's a means of encouraging myself, the local music scene or anyone who makes music. Regardless of what stage you are at, every song, every album is a fresh start," he said in a previous interview.
In his review, The Straits Times' media correspondent Boon Chan gave the album four stars out of five, praising it for being full of "homespun charm" and boasting Mr Liang's inimitable style.