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Zee Avi
     

Zee Avi

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by Zee Avi
 
The story behind the release of Zee Avi's self-titled debut album is very much a 21st century tale. The Borneo-born, Kuala Lumpur-raised singer/songwriter began posting songs on YouTube at a friend's behest. Soon after she began to accumulate a fan base, eventually including the head of Monotone Records, who, in tandem with the people at Jack

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The story behind the release of Zee Avi's self-titled debut album is very much a 21st century tale. The Borneo-born, Kuala Lumpur-raised singer/songwriter began posting songs on YouTube at a friend's behest. Soon after she began to accumulate a fan base, eventually including the head of Monotone Records, who, in tandem with the people at Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records, signed her to a deal. The resulting record is very much in tune with the Brushfire aesthetic, with a warm and cozy sound, intimate vocals, and a general feeling of calm. While her songwriting is strong and she dishes out many fine melodies and perfectly fine lyrics, the real draw is Avi's vocals. Breathy, quiet, and sweet as spring, yet never wandering into cutesy territory, she hooks the listener in right away and never lets go. Songs like "Honey Bee," "Monte," and "First of the Gang to Die" are probably the most beguiling on the album, as they feature only Avi with guitar backing her vocals, but the instrumentation on the remainder never gets in the way (as you might expect from a Brushfire release). It's a very promising debut by an artist who already seems in total control of her gift; the trick now is to maintain the momentum and keep making records this good.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2009
Label:
Brushfire Records
UPC:
0602527003399
catalogNumber:
001273102
Rank:
151205

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Performance Credits

Zee Avi   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Ukulele,Vocals
Juan Perez   Bass
James Fletcher   Drums
Kid Koala   Ambience
Asdrubal Sierra   Trumpet
D.C. Cooper   Bass
Raúl Pacheco   Guitar
Merlo Podlewski   Bass,Clarinet,Guitar
Adam Topol   Drums,Cajon
Mitchell Townsend   Guitar
Zach Gill   Organ,Accordion,Wurlitzer
Xocoyotzin Moraza   Harp
Shef Burton   Trombone
Ken Boudakain   Guitar
Mitch Townsend   Guitar

Technical Credits

Alain Whyte   Composer
Robert Carranza   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Merlo Podlewski   Producer,Audio Production
Zee Avi   Composer
Morrisey Steven Patrick   Composer

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Zee Avi 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
D55 More than 1 year ago
very talented young lady, her music is super soulful. awesome singing with an acoustic guitar, what else do you need?
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