Image Twins Photography + Akmal Subki
Themes of love and heartbreak are often explored with caution these days, so much so that youngsters are seen as cold and distant about the subject. While it is still a popular topic in music, many young musicians as of late are steering more into the electronic scene – opting for vague lyrics and fun hooks akin to today’s hottest trap beats. Indie-jazz singer-songwriter Aalex Termizi however, makes her debut with ‘MOO’, favouring jazz chords and instruments over synths. The release of this single is a formal introduction to her upcoming EP that will be launching in the first quarter of 2018, and is described as a universally relatable record that has a recurring theme of love and “all that typical romance shit.”
An abbreviation for ‘My Only One’, Termizi intentionally shortened the song title to avoid being too cheesy. Written fresh after a break up that ended in good terms, ‘MOO’ carries an uplifting trumpet instrumental and is heavily supported by guitar plucks throughout. The singer developed her own sound after years of performing in various open mics and featured nights around town like Merdekarya, Gaslight, as well as Kuala Lumpur Indie Fashion Week. Drawing inspiration from Norah Jones, Zee Avi, and Lianne La Havas, Termizi blends jazz into a more consumable package, hence the term indie-jazz. Despite her diverse music palate, Termizi’s fondness for the softer side of music and instruments stems from her time battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Besides actively pursuing music, she also doubles as a motivational speaker for cancer and is vocal about mental health through her music and performances.
Listen to ‘MOO’ down below:
To catch Aalex live, head over to The Bee on 21 September ’17 for Femme BAM: A Showcase.