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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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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.

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

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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 - 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

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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.

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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