Tag Archive: piano


[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.

DETAILS:

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

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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.

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

Stream the release from its Internet Archive page.
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

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: Dula [krd-001]

Cover of Khavn- Dula (krd-001)

Cover of Khavn- Dula (krd-001)

This first release on the KamiasRoad netlabel is made up of four piano (and electric band) instrumentals. The EP is built around a single haunting theme and expressed in 4 different flavors: from straightforward neo-classical to dramatic ‘battle’ or ‘chase scene’ frenzy, to joyful and silly 3/4 waltz, before ending with a pop love song treatment.

“Dula” means “theater play” in Filipino.  In fact, these tracks were written for a theater play regarding the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.  And the second track “Battle” was used in Khavn’s short film “Ultimo” shown at  Oberhausen 2008.

Artist /pianist Khavn is a full-fledged film director and multimedia artist in his own right who usually scores his own productions.

Total running time: 23:35

Album cover photo “Empty Stage” by SnaPsi xyzzy on Flickr.

Download the entire EP in one zip file. [VBR – 9.92 MB]

Audio Files VBR MP3
krd-001_Khavn_Dula01_Theme 2.66 MB
krd-001_Khavn_Dula02_Battle 2.39 MB
krd-001_Khavn_Dula03_SpringWaltz 2.44 MB
krd-001_Khavn_Dula04_Sentimentale 2.42 MB
Image Files JPEG
krd-001_Khavn_Dula 19 KB