Album Intro

The sophomore album from the 25 year-old Malaysian singer/songwriter, Zee Avi entitled Ghostbird (it means 'Burung Hantu' which means owl in Avi's native language). "It's a song about seizing the moment," she says, "and for me, a new direction and a new voice came and stayed."

In the two years since her self-titled debut (certified GOLD status in Malaysia) was joint-released on Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records and Ian Montone's Monotone Label, Avi's very free spirit has wandered from major music festivals (SXSW, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo) to huge tours (Lilith Fair) back to her homeland of Sarawak, Borneo Island, where she recently picked up an International Youth Icon Award from the Chief Minister of Sarawak.

The album has lead Avi to come up with new ideas, such as "Siboh Kitak Nangis" which translates to “Don’t You Cry,” is the first song in Zee Avi's Sarawakian dialect on an international album and the poppy groove of "The Book of Morris Johnson" is the first time she has written new music to accompany someone else’s words. "Morris Johnson" was inspired by a Floridian folk artist whose paintings of animals and accompanying text about their instinctual lives "capture naiveté and innocence and enthusiasm," Avi says. After buying a few of his pieces at an art show, Avi called him up and said, "Morris, I'm ready to be your disciple, I'm ready to turn your words into a song." (Morris was thrilled — his daughter's are huge fan’s of Zee Avi.)

The track “Anchor" is one of the handful of songs that made the album from Avi's New York writing sessions and also what Zee refers to as a “premonition track,” and another NYC track, "Concrete Wall," is a striking a cappella that features contributions from beloved turntable god Cut Chemist. And yes, she is well aware June has 30 days rather than 31 (the song "31 Days" was inspired by a couch-surfing friend who lamented, " I was homeless for 31 days in June.' ") Every song has a different mood, every song is a different voice, every song is a different story," Avi explains. But the idea of the Ghostbird unites the album, and Avi has tucked an owl call into a few tracks on the disc, "So it's a little scavenger hunt when you listen to it.”

Full Track

1
Swell Window
Zee Avi
  03:51
2
Anchor
Zee Avi
  03:23
3
31 Days
Zee Avi
  03:52
4
Milestone Moon
Zee Avi
  03:40
5
Siboh Kitak Nangis
Zee Avi
  02:20
6
The Book Of Morris Johnson
Zee Avi
  03:15
7
Madness
Zee Avi
  02:28
8
Bag Of Gold
Zee Avi
  02:39
9
Concrete Wall
Zee Avi
  03:35
10
Roll Your Head In The Sun
Zee Avi
  02:55
11
Stay In The Clouds
Zee Avi
  03:32