No other wild-haired journeyman has been busy as a gig organizer (he's one of
the organisers for Troubadours and KL Sing Song fest - http://troubadourskl.blogspot.com),
juggling duties on top of his singer-songwriter folker mode, gigging tirelessly year after
year without fail since returning home from a soujourn as a busker Down Under. Having
played everywhere from street corners to main stages, alone or with various bands for the
past 10 years (Furniture, Maharajah Commission, Ben's Bitches and Thunder Coffee Club
amongst other), he released the self-funded Tenets EP in 2005 to rave reviews and sales
and is currently working on a full-length CD (backed by the Sigarettes) set for an end-2007
His witty onstage banter, busker instincts and gung-ho let's do it! attitude complements the down home music he makes and colors the weary characters that populate his songs. If you like your Bob Dylan with some sambal or your Johnny Cash with tempoyak, or a tanned Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, he's your man.
Selected bibliography of works: as a solo musician, Azmyl has released three recordings: Tenets EP CD (Apr 2005) ; jikalauan (instrumental CD EP, Feb 2004); ends (Feb 2003); The Photocopy Album (Feb 2001). Azmyl contributed to Maharajah Commission's Dialogue Amoureux (2003) and Monkeys; Thunder Coffee Club's Moribund Easy (2001) and PunkRawkOHolic vol.1 (2003) compilations; and Ben's Bitches's National Disservice (2004), as part of these bands.
What they say:
"...spectacles, acoustic guitar and real heart (all equally battered)..." - Joe Kidd (Ricecooker)
"...dirty and rugged folk not afraid to tell it as it is..." – Junk
"...Azmyl Yunor is folk song embodied..." – KLue
"...you'd be hard-pressed to find another soulfully shredded local indie singer-songwriter of such conviction and nerve..." - The Star
"...very haunting, soul-baring...capable of making even hardened underwear gang members weep from the melancholia..." - Kakiseni
"...a favourite and dare we say, iconic figure in the circuit for his rootsy, Dylan-esque songs and endearing, shambolic presence..."- KLue
"...a twist there, a hook here, and we are allured into his world of diasporic loneliness, raw and frighteningly vulnerable..." - Think
"...sloppy like Will Oldham, engaging like Nick Drake, disturbing like Skip Spence ..." - The Malay Mail
"...Malaysian cowpunk maverick..." – The Star
INSTRUMENTS : acoustic/electric guitars, harmonica, percussion, keyboard, piano, sings. RESIDENCE : Klang Valley/Lembah Klang, MALAYSIA PREVIOUS LIFE : busker STLYE : alt-country, singer/songwriter, folker, 'lo-fi', outsider folk, field recordings, instrumental, guitar-ung etc.
"Azmyl Yunor’s music evokes the working class down-to-earth folkiness of American singer songwriter heroes such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young, but imbues it with his own brand of infectious humour and colour. A fiercely independent artiste, the multi-genre and multi-instrumental Yunor has performed and released recordings as a solo artiste and as a member of The Maharajah Commission, Ben’s Bitches and Thunder Coffee Club.
He has also organised various gigs including the 'Sapu-Sapu' series which featured various local talents."
- KL Sing-Song 2005