Whitney Pastorek
June 10, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Zee Avi

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Zee Avi
genre
Folk

We gave it a B+

This 23-year-old Malaysia native was discovered from her YouTube performances, and perhaps the smartest decision she made on this debut album, Zee Avi, was to keep the simplicity of those homemade videos intact. Only the lightest of instrumentation and the gentlest of brush-snare backdrops sneak in to surround Zee Avi’s extraordinary voice, a shy, supple sound that seems to have traveled across generations from a jazzier time. Though her childlike love songs occasionally turn a bit cloying, her voice replaces the perfume in the air with dusky, addictive smoke. B+

Download This: Listen to the song Bitter Heart at imeem.com

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