The first single of 2020 from Malaysian band Papastathopulous, “Kenang”, is about the all-too-familiar feelings of loss and remembrance. The frank yet intimate lyrics (written by guitarist Adam Suhaimi) tell the story of how the writer longs for his late grandmother. The 4-minute track is an uplifting, nostalgia-inducing number, anchored by its strong rhythm section, accompanied with big and bright guitar lines, whilst carried by soaring vocals. A taster from a soon to be released full-length project, “Kenang” was recorded, mixed and mastered by seasoned engineer and mainstay of the independent Malaysian music scene, Mokhtarizal.
Hailing from Kuantan and Parit Buntar but based in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, papastathopulous (pa-pasta-to-pu-los) is 5 friends who have known each other since secondary school. Sharing a passion for creating their own sound, the band comprises of Ekmal (drums) and Arel (bass guitar) on the rhythm section, electric guitars helmed by Adam and Sairul, and Putat performing vocals. The boys share a common ethos of writing and composing music; if it’s got a good hook, then it’s a keeper. Established in late 2017, papastathopulous is an alternative-indie rock outfit, who take pride in creating music laden with catchy guitar riffs and melancholic melodies, while backed up by upbeat basslines and driving drums. In April 2019, the band released their debut self-titled EP. Touching on the themes of vice, love, heartbreak, and the struggle of finding one’s path, the EP was also recorded, mixed and mastered by Mokhtarizal of Iseekmusic Studio.