After spending the past three years working, living, wrestling with demons and hanging out with angels, I found a bit of time to write songs for a second album. In the past 3 years, I sketched out over 50 songs, all the time thinking about my musical direction.
Working on the first album with Hardesh Singh and Ariff Abu Bakar was an amazing experience and taught me a lot about arranging, recording, and producing. But I've also been interested for a long time handling production duties on my own songs. But I've never been truly confident about my technical abilities. I'm a very clumsy and simple musician. Lol.
I worked up enough courage to start recording in June. And I've inadvertently managed to slip into the next phase of making the second album: doing the demos. The demos force me to work on arranging the songs, a process which I've come to dread because it can suck you into a vortex of omg.
This song, "The King Of Rats" is one of the new recordings. I did it at home on my simple recorder. It's basically me and guitar with some free drum samples. It's still unfinished, unmixed and very raw warts and all and it's basically a one-take thing. So there's a lot of stuff still missing. Which is probably why I put reverb and delay over everything. Ha ha ha. But I just wanted to share my excitement with the process.
The song is about a dream I once had about meeting the king of rats in KL. He was very dashing, but lived in abject squalor -- a bit like how many of us live in this city.
It's part of a work-in-progress that will eventually become my second album, which will be about KL.
I'll be putting up little demos and mixes as I figure out how to shape it towards a 2012 deadline. Fingers crossed.
Elvira Arul, Edwin Sumun and I will be doing a tribute gig to the Bacharach songbook on Tue 20 and Wed 21 September at No Black Tie, 17 Jalan Mesui, Off Jalan Nagasari, Bukit Bintang, KL. Admission RM40.
JK is a writer, poet, musician and artistice based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In April 2008, he released his electro-acoustuche debut album "Songs For A Shadow". Currently figuring out his second also electro acoustuche album "City Of Mud". And oh he's done other stuff too.