People have claimed that this guy we’re about to mention sounds like Malaysia’s version of Bob Dylan. At least we’d like to think so.
Acclaimed folk rock act Azmyl Yunor & Orkes Padu will be launching their new album, Was Was at KL’s highly-esteemed live music venue No Black Tie. And it’s the perfect timing for patriotic fervor as the launch will be happening on the 15th of September.
Eight songs from their latest album were recorded, engineered and produced by Orkes Padu leader, Raje at his very own studio (Zig Zag Studio) between November 2012 and August 2015. Here’s what we know about Was Was: the album features a mix of Raje’s fresh sonic palette arrangements and Azmyl’s trademark bi-lingual lyrical observations about Malaysian social and cultural life.
Azmyl Yunor & Orkes Padu will be featuring a rotating cast of band members from the Malaysian independent live music scene including bassists Sadat, guitarist Syaril Zizi (Lab the Rat), saxophonist Adil Johan (Adil Johan Quartet, Nadir) to name a few. In addition to an amazing cast of band members, the launch will also feature a special appearance from rock musicians Cats in Love and indie chanteuse, Froya.
Was Was is described to be an album for the times according to Azmyl. Raje on the other hand simply describes it as a perfectly imperfect album. Was Was will be Azmyl’s completion to his W album trilogy following 2010’s Warga and 2012’s Wilayah.
Music videos that accompany the songs from the album also feature collaborations with up-and-coming Malaysian independent filmmakers. This project from Azmyl & Orkes Padu unveiled its first Imri Nasution-directed music video for the album’s opener, Tanah Air Ku. The album’s second single, Bersendirilah was released online on Azmyl’s Youtube channel on Merdeka Day. Talk about perfect timing!
Check out the quirky new video from the album, Bersendirilah.
Azmyl Yunor & Orkes Padu will kick off their launch on the 15th of September, 9.00pm at No Black Tie, 17 Jalan Mesui off Jalan Nagasari, 50200 Kuala Lumpur. Tickets are RM50 (inclusive of one copy of Was Was) and RM35 (show entry only).