Zee Avi warms us with Bitter Heart


Image from Zee Avi official myspace

Image from Zee Avi official myspace

Zee Avi album cover

Zee Avi. If someone asks me about her a week ago, I probably give them a dumbfounded look. I really didn’t know about her until I stumbled upon her name on one of FlyFM’s chart topper list. Curious as to whom she is, I do what most people would do in my situation. I googled her and after satisfied knowing who she is, I downloaded her song (Bitter Heart) to know just how she sounds. Apparently, she’s just my cup of tea. Her voice has a jazzy-sultry feel to it, with influences ranging from Regina Spektor, Leonard Cohen to Jazz greats Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald and not to mention Rock  legends such as Led Zeppelin.

Zee Avi hailed all the way from the island of Borneo and yes, she’s a Malaysian. Zee Avi or real name Izyan Alirahman was born on 1986 in Miri, Sarawak ( It’s seriously near to Brunei. I always went to Miri with my family during the holiday by car. It’s a 1 1/2 hour drive to Miri from Brunei. Yeah, THAT near.) Her dad owned an energy consultancy business there. However, she had to moved to Kuala Lumpur when she was 12. Zee had a passion for music and can play a variety of musical instruments such as guitar and ukelele which must be in her blood as her grandfather is also a musician. However, her passion had to be put on the back seat when she had to lived in London for 4 years as she was studying fashion design at American InterContinental University but the postpone wasn’t that long, as soon as she returned from London she picked up her instruments and performed with a band.

Zee originally posted a video of her first song on YouTube because one of her friends had missed her first performance in Kuala Lumpur, so she created a video on YouTube for him to watch. He convinced Zee to leave the video up, and soon she received positive feedback, which inspired her to put more videos on YouTube.[3] After she was featured on YouTube, she was signed by Brushfire Records, which is partly owned by Jack Johnson.[2] Her song “No Christmas For Me” is featured on Brushfire Records’s 2008 Christmas album This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday.[4] Her single “Bitter Heart” was first to become available on the US iTunes store, and her full self-titled debut album was released on May 19, 2009. On the day of her album’s release, YouTube featured her on the front page in Spotlight: Music Tuesday. She is currently (June – August 2009) touring the United States.

Her song “Monte” was featured in the second season finale of Private Practice.

Wow, for a small town girl from Miri, she did what many accomplished Malaysian artistes are unable to do, land a record deal with a US-based record label. Congrats Zee and hey, if you just so happen to read this post, I’ve gotta say you really prove the world that ‘Malaysia Boleh’.

Anyway, here’s the video to her track Bitter Heart. Enjoy!

Bitter Heart MV

Bitter Heart Lyric:

Sun rays come down as seen when they hit the ground,
Children spinning around till they fall down down down.
I wait for you: it’s been two hours now,
You’re still somewhere in town,
Your dinners getting cold.
I rest my case you are always this late,
And you know how much I hate waiting around ’round ’round,Bitter heart, bitter heart tries to keep it all inside,
Bitter heart, bitter heart shadows will help you try to hide,
Bitter heart, my bitter heart is gettin’ just a little fragile,
[ Zee Avi Lyrics are found on http://www.songlyrics.com ]
Bitter heart, bitter heart of mine.

And then you come and tell me the same reason as you did yesterday,
So tell me whats her name.
Doo doo da dum, doo doo da dum, doo doo doo doo doo doo da da dum dum, da da da da dum, da da da da dum, da da da da dum.

Bitter heart, bitter heart tries to keep it all inside
Bitter heart, bitter heart shadows will help you try to hide,
Bitter heart, my bitter heart is just getting a little fragile,
Bitter heart, bitter heart of mine, of mine, of mine, of mine, of mine, of mine.

Source from Wikipedia and Zee Avi’s Official Myspace.

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