Zee Avi out with her new album

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian singer-songwriter Zee Avi, now based in New York, released her much-anticipated international album Ghostbird today.

The album is her second outing on American folk singer-songwriter Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records.

“More than half the songs on the album were written in Florida, where I spent three months on a boat in the middle of the ocean,” Zee, 26, told the media in a press conference held over Skype from New York.

She said the album's title stems from her fascination with owls.

“I've always been drawn to the mythological ideals of the ghostbird,” she said.

The album, which features 11 tracks, begins with the breezy single, Swell Window.

“It is a term for the perfect wave that surfers usually wait for. Once the perfect swell window comes, you just have to get on that wave,” she explained.

She said the Ghostbird tracks, which chronicle the time-change from sunset to sunrise, was arranged with the help of producer Mario Caldato Jr.

Other tracks on the album include The Book of Morris Johnson written by Morris Johnson, a Floridian folk artiste, Stay In The Clouds, 31 Days in June and Siboh Kitak Nangis, the first song in the Miri-born singer's Sarawakian dialect.

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.

In early 2008, Zee left to pursue a music career in Los Angeles before heading to New York.

Zee said she plans to return here in November to promote her new album.

“A tour might just happen,” she hinted. For more information, visit zeeavi.com.

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