Zee Avi is a real ‘natural’

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian singer-songwriter Zee Avi, now based in New York, has revealed details of her second album, Ghostbird, which is due for international release on Aug 23.

Ghostbird, which features 11 songs, will be Zee's second outing on American folk singer-songwriter Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records.

The upcoming album began to take shape in her Brooklyn kitchen in the middle of last year while Zee followed up with new material while holidaying in the Florida Everglades.

“I had such a good time basking in the sun in Florida,” Zee was quoted as saying during her short visit to her home in Kuala Lumpur and Kuching in mid-March.

The new album, she explained, is a celebration of nature.

“It has a new kind of spirit, it's positive and it gives an eagle's eye view of a beautiful ex-panse. I hope to channel that beauty through my music.” she said.

The 26-year-old also revealed a keen fascination for owls (she loves anything with a burung hantu motif).

That led to the album being titled Ghostbird, with the new material recorded in a two-week spell at the Solar Powered Plastic Plant studios in LA with producer Mario Caldato Jr (of Beastie Boys, Yoko Ono fame) earlier this year.

One of the album's highlights is Siboh Kitak Nangis, the first song in the Miri-born Zee's Sarawakian dialect.

“I'm definitely Sarawakian first, woman second and yeah, human third,” she added with pride.

In early 2008, Zee left to pursue her music career in Los Angeles before heading to New York as a permanent career and creative base.

The pop savvy The Book of Morris Johnson written by Morris Johnson, a Floridian folk artiste, is the first time Zee has recorded something on an album from an outside lyrical source, while Swell Window, Stay In The Clouds, 31 Days, Concrete Wall and Anchor are the other highlights.

Zee's new album Ghostbird follows her self-titled debut which was released two years ago. It achieved gold status here with 10,000 units sold, spawning the hits Bitterheart and Kantoi.

She plans to return here at the end of the year to promote her new album.

For more information, visit zeeavi.com.

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