Tag Archive: avant-pop

Cover to krd-010 Khavn - Mondomanila OST

This is the 13-song soundtrack to the independent film “MONDOMANILA Or: How I Fixed My Hair After A Rather Long Journey,” featuring songs composed, performed and produced by the director Khavn De La Cruz with the help of electronica producer Malek Lopez and a handful of guest artists and co-writers: Rey Miyano (aka Ogo X) who wrote DROGA, Norman Wilwayco, Lourd De Veyra, Pennie Azarcon Dela Cruz, Junji Lerma (of Radioactive Sago Project) and Erwin Romulo and Mumuy-san played a bunch of guitar tracks; Caliph8 helped out in the hippity-hop beats for DROGA.

The album opener explains the schizophrenia of the entire project (and exposes the inconsistency of Manila as a city, in general) by juxtaposing tranquil bossanova with punk screamo. The remaining 28 minutes brings you on a documentary trip through the ugly underbelly of urban life by pitting lovelorn lyrics against stream-of-consciousness ramblings, slice-of-life vignettes of ugly characters against idyllic visions of a dream city, and syrupy love versus inexplicable anger. This is Khavn at his best, becoming a voice for the underdogs — the armless, legless, eyeless, toothless masses of Manila.


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[krd-009] VIGO – BANG!

Two Ways 7 by Mark Salvatus on Flickr

Vigo, the six member chamber jazz avant pop collective from Manila, take their name from Jean Vigo, the French filmmaker who died from tuberculosis in 1934 at age 29 leaving behind a mere two films. The associations between the band and the man have to do with how both are proprietors of certain modes of ardor and certain modes of insanity. Love and lunacy. And a little of that fierce romanticism that a life that ends before its time and as it’s cresting.

The musical base matter of Vigo are the songs of bandleader and pianist and vocalist Khavn De La Cruz. Part inversions of kundiman, the Filipino equivalent of chanson, and part modern day pop balladry, it is the sticky melancholia of these songs that become the primordial muck for Vigo’s new adventures in hi-fi. But it is the dynamic created by the coming together of these six disparate musicians and disciplines that make it come to flesh.

BANG! is their first 3-song EP which pits Filipino folk song with neo-jazz, avant-pop lyrics with torch song crooning, love of life with lunacy of mind.

VIGO is made up of:

  • Khavn on piano and vox
  • Tao Aves on vox
  • Kakoy Legaspi on guitars
  • Simon Tan on bass (for this EP) Franz Magat (for the live band)
  • Caliph8 on sampler, turntables, drum machine
  • Paolo Manuel on drums

DETAILS: Three MP3s encoded at 192 kbps 44.1 kHz stereo.


Download the entire album as a VBR ZIP from Archive.org.

Audio Files VBR MP3
krd-009 Vigo – 01 Shoot The Pianist 4.5 MB
krd-009 Vigo – 02 The Last Comandment 6.0 MB
krd-009 Vigo – 03 Where are you My River 13.3 MB
krd-009.jpg ALBUM COVER 622.2 KB

Album cover credits: “Two Ways 7″ Illustration by Mark Salvatus on Flickr.

[krd-008] Khavn – Unrequited

Khavn - Unrequited (krd-008)

Khavn - Unrequited (krd-008). Album cover photo by by Katayun on Flickr.

Another homemade demo album of heartbreaking acoustic avant-pop. Consider this a collection of love songs for the bitter, the pathetic and the unrequited.

In “My Anima” Khavn sings “it’s pathetic, you’re just a dream/ like this life I’m living” and he captures the essence of this album: a constant and nagging unobtainability which has been put on a pedestal and adored as a badge of honor, emotional pain as an undeniable proof of existence.

When he sings “Nothing matters anymore” in the closing track, you understand that he actually means the opposite. Everything matters all too much and this pathos is a means for dealing with it.

Except for “Home,” the album is primarily created through acoustic guitar and raw, strained vocal cords. End result? Raw, untainted emotional patheity.


Download album as a single VBR ZIP file on Archive.org.

Total runtime: 21:32

8 lo-fi mp3s encoded between 64 and 256 kbps, 44.1 kHz stereo.

Album photo credits: “Charity Case: Blinded by Love” by Katayun  on Flickr.

Audio Files VBR MP3
krd-008_Khavn – 01 – my empty chest 1.22 MB
krd-008_Khavn – 02 – now 3.81 MB
krd-008_Khavn – 03 – ourglass 1.73 MB
krd-008_Khavn – 04 – living elsewhere 4.00 MB
krd-008_Khavn – 05 – my anima 1.49 MB
krd-008_Khavn – 06 – sadman 1011 KB
krd-008_Khavn – 07 – the man with the hardest heart 1.26 MB
krd-008_Khavn – 08 – hometown 5.07 MB
Image Files JPEG
krd-008 Khavn – unrequited album cover 61 KB


Suavity’s Mouthpiece releases a collection of 20 singles from past releases, spanning his entire reportoire of avant-pop, avant-garde music. Most of this collection is vocals set to acoustic and electric guitars, ambient keyboards, swirling with effects and 1980s romanticist imagery in his lyrics. Reminiscent of acts like The The mixed with a little Morissey, Suavity’s Mouthpiece sets a surrealist mood with his mostly drum-free compositions drowned in reverb and delay.

The beauty lies in the simplicity of his palette. For example, in “The Rapture Incarnate” flutes, piano and strings interplay with strummed guitar as the singer swims in a sea of echo. In “I Call it Madness, but You Call it Love” every genre of music weaves in and out like someone switching radio stations.  It’s theatric, it’s neo-classical, it’s anything but mainstream pop. And that reason alone should inspire you to check out these 20 tracks from Suavity’s back catalogue.

Total runtime: 1:14:45   20 MP3s encoded at various states of excellence.

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Download entire album as a single zip file of VBR MP3s. (77 MB)
Download individual tracks below:

Audio Files 160Kbps MP3 VBR MP3 320Kbps MP3
[krd-007] 01. Empty Dreamer 4.98 MB 3.85 MB
[krd-007] 02. Undesirable 8.80 MB
[krd-007] 03. Rejected By the Denied 6.33 MB
[krd-007] 04. Twixt the Landmines Glissade We 7.60 MB
[krd-007] 05. The Rapture Incarnate 11 MB
[krd-007] 06. First Kiss (turned Child Predator) 7.34 MB
[krd-007] 07. Dance, O My Yearning Limbs the Embers Through 5.12 MB
[krd-007] 08. I Know in My Heart 11 MB
[krd-007] 09. Thresholds 4.86 MB 4.48 MB
[krd-007] 10. I Dream I Am Not of Life 8.63 MB
[krd-007] 11. Little Sister 9.84 MB
[krd-007] 12. Killjoy 8.63 MB
[krd-007] 13. I Ebb to the Wayside 13 MB
[krd-007] 14. Rush Toward the Hilltop 7.66 MB
[krd-007] 15. Fast Car, Sharp Bend, I Will 8.88 MB
[krd-007] 16. The Beatles Would’ve Hung Them Themselves 5.32 MB
[krd-007] 17. Know Your Place 7.99 MB
[krd-007] 18. The P.E. Survivors 6.56 MB
[krd-007] 19. I Call it Madness, but You Call it Love (single) 7.60 MB
[krd-007] 20. Au Revoir, Mssr. Meursault 8.22 MB
Image Files JPEG
Album Front Cover 131 KB
Album Back Cover 121 KB
(krd-005) Suavity's Mouthpiece - Au Revoir, Mssr. Meursault

(krd-005) Suavity's Mouthpiece - Au Revoir, Mssr.Meursault

Holding high a banner that reads “Defy genre. Defy expectation. Defy musicality. I am Dada,” the artist known as Suavity’s Mouthpiece (aka Sinclair McRickson) unleashes this 3-song opus that combines ’80s guitar riffs and casiotonone-y beats with layer upon layer of dadaist spoken word / sung vocals.

It’s not singing as much as whispering to your id. It’s not music as much as a destructive agenda against the structure of modern society and religion.  Forget what you know about avant-pop because Suavity’s Mouthpiece will break it down into its raw elements and spit it out at you in a rainbow of intricately-assembled vomitus. Beautiful images mixed with odds and ends.  Sounds like music made via the dadaist art process called Exquisite Corpse.

Whatever it is, it belongs here on KamiasRoad. And so with that we bid a fond welcome home to Suavity’s Mouthpiece! [Cue: applause]  Now download his music, you vermin. Or we will send you cats.

Total run time: 9:39
3 MP3s encoded at approximately 320 kbps, 44.1 kHz stereo.
Plus album art jpegs.

DOWNLOAD EP as a single zip file (21.16 MB)


Audio Files VBR MP3
[krd-005]_Suavitys_Mouthpiece–01–Au_Revoir_Mssr_Meursault 8.09 MB
[krd-005]_Suavitys_Mouthpiece–02–Luxuria 10 MB
[krd-005]_Suavitys_Mouthpiece–03–King_of_Love 3.95 MB
Image Files JPEG
[krd-005]_Suavitys_Mouthpiece–Au_Revoir_Mssr_Meursault-BACK 84 KB
[krd-005]_Suavitys_Mouthpiece–Au_Revoir_Mssr_Meursault-FRONT 72 KB

Khavn: Pianos Everywhere [krd-004]

Cover of Khavn- Pianos Everywhere

Cover of Khavn- Pianos Everywhere (krd-004)

Ironically, for a release entitled “Pianos Everywhere,” half if its songs are done on solo guitar, and the other half on solo acoustic piano. And what songs these be. Angsty, emotional, sentimental Avant-Pop.

Beginning with the multiharmonic radio-friendly “Angel” Khavn unleashes acoustic bittersweet emotions set to solo piano. Even solo guitar + voice tunes like “She Doesn’t Have a Heart” betray more spirit than Khavn’s imperfect singing voice can exude. “Myth of the Beautiful Loser” is another gem, pitting a delicate Tori Amos-like piano line with witty lyrics that would put Ben Folds to shame.

Best tune hands down is the geeky “Don’t Fall in Love with a Superhero” which is probably the only pop song in the world to compare love with the Uncanny X-Men, the Mighty Avengers and daring Daredevil.

“Pianos Everywhere” is almost 32 minutes of Avant-pop wit, without the distraction of a full-band production. Thus what you get is pure, raw, undistilled music meant for the heart of the 21st century romantic.

Cover photo: “Clouds” by Florin Mogos.

Individual files:

Audio Files 56Kbps MP3 256Kbps MP3 Ogg Vorbis VBR MP3
01. Angel 872 KB
02. She Doesn’t Have a Heart 6.02 MB 2.13 MB 2.82 MB
03. Heartbreaker 3.36 MB 1.15 MB 1.55 MB
04. Unrequited 5.51 MB 1.88 MB 2.55 MB
05. Don’t Fall in Love with a Superhero 1.14 MB
06. In Between 1.36 MB
07. Myth of the Beautiful Loser 5.78 MB 1.99 MB 2.84 MB
08. Tree in Sunken Garden 3.20 MB 1.11 MB 1.50 MB
09. Echo 1.11 MB
10. Tired 657 KB
11. Nice 1.50 MB
12. Sleepy 1.03 MB
Image Files JPEG
Pianos Everywhere – ALBUM COVER 38 KB
Khavn - Feel (Songs for the 4th Chakra) krd-003

Khavn - Feel (Songs for the 4th Chakra) krd-003

Taking his theme from the wide palette of human emotions, Khavn strings together 12 songs that deal with various feelings and states of mind. Ranging from anger to love, envy to hate, and everything in between, “Feel” alternately rocks out, and soothes quietly. There are post-punk tunes, spoken word experiments, romantic ballads, and witty pop gems all rolled into this 35-minute lo-fi garage recording extravaganza.

The 4th chakra, located in our heart, governs our intuition and love. It feels compassion, joy and the suffering of others. “Feel” then is aimed at the heart, but pricks the mind as well.

Album cover:  landscape photo “Landscape of Love” by Studom, and magnetic poetry photo “How do you feel right now?” by Bella Lago, both on Flickr.

Total run time: 35:16

Download entire album from Archive.org.
Listen to the entire album streaming at Archive.org.

Audio Files 56Kbps MP3
01. Angry 1.04 MB
02. Peaceman 1.48 MB
03. Sukmu 1.27 MB
04. Go 1.05 MB
05. Blessed Are They 1.11 MB
06. Girl With A Gun 1.12 MB
07. Love is Just a Word 1.41 MB
08. Nothing to Fear 981 KB
09. I Wish 1.17 MB
10. Only The Sad Cry 1.42 MB
11. Pity Me Pity You 1.19 MB
12. Envy Not 1.61 MB
Image Files JPEG
Feel krd-003 [album cover] 93 KB
Cover of Khavn - Box (krd-002)

Khavn - Box (krd-002)

It begins with “He’s the boxman, he can do anything,” as artist Khavn rocks out on piano and vocals, backed by his minimal band of bass, guitar and drums. Both “Boxman” and “Hey Box” are upbeat pop numbers while the second track “Don’t even know your name” is a sentimental love song for an unnamed object of affection. The three tracks here were created for the rock opera also entitled “Box.”

With a total run time of 6:36, this single is short, sweet and infectious pop that works because it doesn’t pretend to be anything more than sugary carbohydrates and sweet after-dinner candy in a world where popstars take themselves way too seriously. World peace, boxman? Why yes, thank you.

Sounds like: Ben Folds Five, Lemonheads
Album cover photo “Wooden Boxes” by Eishier on Flickr.

Download the entire single in one zip file [2.7 MB]

Audio Files VBR MP3
krd-002_Khavn_01_boxman 643 KB
krd-002_Khavn_02_dont_even_know_your_name 1.11 MB
krd-002_Khavn_03_hey_box 1.03 MB
Image Files JPEG
krd-002-box 41 KB