A dif­fer­ent tune to Zee Avi’s third al­bum

New Straits Times - - Entertainment - By Tahir Al­hamzah

UNITED States-based singer­song­writer Zee Avi is thrilled to be work­ing on her lat­est al­bum.

It will be her third to date, not count­ing Night­light, which was a spe­cial project fea­tur­ing cover songs.

“Over the past years, I’ve been exploring with dif­fer­ent an­gles to my sound, voice and story,” Zee said.

The 31-year-old artiste, who was re­cently on break here, said she would in­te­grate all the mu­si­cal in­stru­ment sounds in the world that she loved and had ex­pe­ri­enced in her trav­els.

“I’ve never been an artiste with a set ‘style’ or genre.

“I don’t want to be tied to a cer­tain feel be­cause as peo­ple, we grow and evolve by the minute.

“Life is too short to not ex­plore your­self and your growth.

“That would sum up the phi­los­o­phy of the al­bum I’m work­ing on. We are all ever-grow­ing, ev­er­know­ing and ever-learn­ing. We are al­ways a ‘work in progress’.”

Zee said she did not have a ten­ta­tive date for the al­bum re­lease and that she was “ty­ing up loose ends and find­ing time to fin­ish some tracks as ideas keep com­ing and going”.

“I want to pol­ish it be­fore I send it out into the world. I would say it’s about 67 per cent done... ap­prox­i­mately.”

Fans can ex­pect the al­bum to be a lit­tle more up­beat, though

We are all ever-grow­ing, ever-know­ing and ever-learn­ing.

her love for acous­tic sounds is au­di­bly vis­i­ble.

“You’ll hear a dif­fer­ence. Yet, it’s still me. It’s just dif­fer­ent sides of me. The sto­ries are much sim­pler and wider.

“It will be an al­bum that I will like lis­ten­ing to.

“I hope lis­ten­ers would agree with me.

Born in Miri, Sarawak, Zee’s mu­si­cal ca­reer started in 2007.

She had posted a video of her first song Poppy on YouTube and con­tin­ued to post her videos through­out the year.

On the eve of her 22nd birth­day, Zee posted the video for No

Christ­mas For Me. The next day, she was fea­tured by YouTube and her mail­box re­ceived more than 3,000 e-mails.

Pa­trick Keeler from The Ra­con­teurs band dis­cov­ered Zee through this fea­ture and it lead to a record deal with mu­si­cian Jack John­son’s Brush­fire Records and a pub­lish­ing deal with Mono­tone, a man­age­ment com­pany who rep­re­sents the White Stripes and The Shins.

Zee re­leased her self-ti­tled de­but al­bum in 2009, fol­lowed by

Ghost­bird in 2011. In 2014, she

re­leased Night­light. Arena Ca­haya, which she co­com­posed with fel­low Malaysian com­poser Ren­dra Zawawi, won Best Orig­i­nal Film Song at the 53rd Taipei’s Golden Horse Film Fes­ti­val and Awards and Best Orig­i­nal Theme Song at the 28th Malaysia Film Fes­ti­val last year.

It was also the sound track for award-win­ning movie Ola Bola.

Zee usu­ally writes and com­poses her songs, but within the past few years, she has col­lab­o­rated with other artistes, song­writ­ers and pro­duc­ers.

“I’ve grown to really love it. As artistes, why shouldn’t we all col­lab­o­rate? For this al­bum, I’ve worked with dif­fer­ent song­writ­ers. Most are my own sto­ries, with a lit­tle help from friends.”

The new al­bum, how­ever, will only con­tain English tracks.

“I would love to sing and write more songs in Ba­hasa Malaysia, or in the Sarawakian di­alect, should the op­por­tu­nity arise,” Zee said.

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