With a new solo album in tow, the Singaporean singer-songwriter and leader of The Observatory returns to the Klang Valley to play a series of intimate shows.
Singaporean singer-songwriter Leslie Low is no stranger to the Malaysian fringe music circles after playing a string of Klang Valley gigs with his band The Observatory in recent years. This week, Low steps away from the band set-up and takes on the solo routine as he brings his In The Living Room live series to four venues in the Klang Valley.
Organised by Singapore-based music collective The Diarists, the In The Living Room sessions saw Low performing in several living rooms, work spaces and smaller venues (studios, bookstores) in Singapore recently to coincide with the launch of his solo album No Such Thing As Ghosts.
“The (new) songs were written in between tours and when I wasn’t working on The Observatory’s Oscilla (album). It felt like a visitation from someone I once knew well. The first was the title track in September of 2013. It was distinctly very much like my older material but with some mild Balinese rhythmic influence and also an outpouring from my subconscious mind, the melodies and song structures from my teenage growing up years of listening to Cantopop,” says Low about his solo outing, which features nine songs.
The upcoming Klang Valley dates are an extension of this solo trek from Low, who has rarely made solo performances in these parts since appearing at the Heineken Music Acoustic Live showcase in Kuala Lumpur in Sept 2004. Low will perform songs from his new album up close and personal, while material from his earlier releases will also be part of these sets.
This tour, geared up for intimate spaces and venues, will start at Merdekarya (352, Jalan 5/57, Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya, Selangor) on Dec 11 at 8pm.
Low will then head to The WKND session’s homebase (No. 19, Lorong Rahim Kajai 4, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur) on Dec 12 at 8pm while an eye-catching tour-closing performance at popular indie venue Findars Art Space (No. 8 Jalan Panggong, off Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur) on Dec 13 at 7pm is already gaining a buzz among independent music fans.
He will also be making an appearance at Teenage Head Records (No. 20, Jalan SS14/1, SS 14, Subang Jaya, Selangor) for a short performance on Dec 14 at 3pm.
Low will be supported by countryman/gloom folk artiste Hell Low (no relation) and folk rocker Azmyl Yunor on the first two stops of this tour, while Hell Low is part of the Findars show.
Cover charge and donations apply for selected venues. Merchandise will also be available. Check out the links below for more information.