The Pedra Branca EP is a collaborative effort between Malaysian folk punk singer-songwriter Azmyl (Azmyl Yunor and the Sigarettes, Ben's Bitches, The Maharajah Commission, Ciplak, Roarm) and Singaporean doom folk artist Hell Low.
Born out of several random yet fruitful meetings in Singapore and Malaysia, the EP was recorded, engineered and produced by acclaimed producer and musician Ronnie Khoo (Furniture, Ciplak) at his home studio (stickylight) between November 2013 and March 2014.
Also featured on the EP are Malaysian folk singer-songwriter Heymun and composer and Theremin player Ng Chor Guan.
The EP stands out a beacon for understanding of commonalities between the cross straits neighbors. Each song a carefully crafted tribute to love, loss and living in their respective countries. It also acknowledges the tensions that exist between borders as different yet similar cultures and ideals clash and coalesce. In the end it is an EP about hope. Hope for the future of both our countries as politics up north take on a distinctively non-secular slant and those down south move on from a one party system of governance.
* Pedra Branca is an outlying Singaporean island and also the easternmost point of Singapore that was a subject of a territorial dispute between Malaysia and Singapore that was finally settled by the International Court of Justice ruling in 2008.
The Pedra Branca Tour Dates:
April 19 – Gem Bar II, Singapore
April 20 – Independent Archive and Research Centre, Singapore
April 26 – TBC, George Town, Penang
April 27 – Khizanat, Ipoh, Perak
April 29 – Merdekarya, Petaling Jaya
April 30 – Pisco Bar, Kuala Lumpur
May 1 – Laundry Bar, Mutiara Damansara
A former street musician, Azmyl Yunor is a pioneering Malaysian independent/underground artist who’s helped popularise the lo-fi folk, singer-songwriter, and noise rock genres in Malaysia through relentless gigging, collaborations, and a prolific recording output since 1997 (eight solo albums and three EPs – including the "Pedra Branca EP" split with Hell Low - to date). He is also known for his work with his touring band The Sigarettes and as a founding member of noise-rock band The Maharajah Commission, no wave band Ciplak, and punk band Ben’s Bitches. A wandering cult figure of sorts, he prefers to navigate along the outer margins of the music circuit and ply his trade on his own terms with a very distinctive singular vision and wit.
Hell Low was once an angry young man. He is no longer young and the anger has been tempered into melancholia. He writes about living in the tiny red dot called Singapore. Hell Low is also the moniker for doom folk musician Jeremy Lee. He is now in the process of touring and recording the follow up to "The Pedra Branca EP"
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