If Lady Day had been raised on a Southeast Asian island and was making pop music in the year 2009, she’d probably sound a lot like Malaysian singer-songwriter Zee Avi.
On her self-titled debut, which came out last month, Zee’s voice is pure jazz, rich and mouthy, set against catchy, acoustic, pop melodies strummed on the guitar and ukulele about love gone awry. The 23 year-old describes her music as “pretty dark,” but it’s also playful and lovely to listen to. So it’s more like if Lady Day had been raised on a Southeast Asian island and was making pop music in the year 2009 AND was taking meds to manage her outsized melancholy. Sad and blue, but sweet and sunny, too, all at once.
To order Zee Avi’s debut record, click here.
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