Monday, August 07, 2006

Available at Tower Records

Pomeloes is now available at Tower Records Malaysia

Tower Records Mid-Valley
F-073B First Floor, Mid Valley Megamall
Mid Valley City
Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Open 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Tower Records Bandar Utama
Lot S49, 2nd Floor
1 Utama Shopping Centre
1 Lebuh Bandar Utama
Bandar Utama
47800 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Tower Records Penang
170-02-02 Plaza Gurney
Persiaran Gurney
10250 Penang, Malaysia
Bandar Utama

Tower Records Lot 10
Tower Records c/o Isetan of Japan
Lower Ground Floor,
Lot 10 50,
Jalan Sultan Ismail 50250
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Open 10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Tower Records KLCC
C21C, Concourse Floor,
Suria KLCC
Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur
46150 Petaling Jaya
Open Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.

Tower Records Sri Hartamas
Lot P-5, Plaza Floor
Hartamas Shopping Centre
Sri Hartamas
6, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Open Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sunday People review

Music: Seamless Hardesh
by Dharshana Sivapatham

IN the field of Malaysian indie films, Hardesh Singh has definitely made his mark. Dabbling in the local unsupported music scene is chancy at best, so to find one that has broken the international market, it’s a proud moment for him, and us.

As the 30-year-old tries to seat himself comfortably at the edge of a plush sofa in The Curve’s Laundry, he modestly explains that all his work is done from the comfort of his home, where his studio and life lie.

It was the launch of his debut CD, Eating Pomeloes from Tokyo to Tamil Nadu Makes My Heart Go Gubra, a compilation of all his compositions for films.

While the title may have been wittily worded from all the films the scores can be found, it is a compilation assuredly not for the pop inclined.

Prepare for a four-part journey, each distinct from each other. This very well could be the first of its kind in Malaysia.

At the launch, there were performances by Zalila Lee with her rendition of Malaria among others, and Yasmin Ahmad, augmented by Hardesh on guitar for Keroncong, from her new film, Mukhsin.

What took my fancy were the scores for Gubra, just heart wrenching with composed melodic style and ethereal sonority. Chemman Chaalai, blame my heritage if you like, had string work that was pleasingly poignant.

The best track on this album was Keroncong, so beautifully wrtten by Yasmin’s father, and composed by our man Hardesh, the sound engineer. It just stays with you, a definite tearjerker.

Appropriately the scores from Amir Muhammad’s Lelaki Komunis Terakhir are quirky and funny, the combination of sounds very accurately sending the intended message, with a melancholy look at the economy, and an army theme-inspired take on ICs. Impressive.

Original thought being such a rarity these days, this compilation makes ou giddy with laughter, weepy with forlornness, and it send you reminiscing about the things that were.

Born in Kuching, raised in Port Dickson and hailing from MMU with a degree in communications, Hardesh says running his own business has its “ups and downs but it’s all worth it because I get to do what I love to do, and that’s music”.

His score was favoured at the recent Berlinale, the Berlin Internatio nal Film Festival, for his contribution to Monday Morning Glory and Lelaki Komunis Terakhir, where the film had its world premiere.

While there may be serious talk of Hardesh being involved in a major animation feature in Germany, he has just finished remixing with German band Nude, an electronica band.

More albums are a sure thing from this down-to-earth wunderkin who seems
unawares of his impact on the local scene and is an avid fan of jazz, electronica and world music. Three guesses as to what his new album will be like.

* Keronchong, which is actually called Hujan btw, was composed by Ahmad Hashim, Yasmin's father, with lyrics by Inom Yon, Yasmin's mother. I did not compose Hujan. I produced it for Yasmin's upcoming film Mukhsin, and included it in the compilation as a bonus feature - hardesh