To commemorate the upcoming release of Azmyl Yunor’s new album “John Bangi Blues”, the singer-songwriter dropped the music video of first single ‘Lori Hantu’ (Malay for ‘Ghost Truck’) over the weekend. Following his personal initiative to engage in creative collaborations with established and young filmmakers, the music video directed by newcomer Graeme Tan from Borneo.
Taking the symbolism of the ubiquitous sand-transporting ‘ghost trucks’ that ply the highways, the music video is a jab on illegal sand mining, unsustainable development, and the environmental impact of massive construction projects around his hometown of Bangi – 40 minutes south of capital city Kuala Lumpur.
The album is tentatively slated for release in September 2020.
The singer-songwriter has been productive in spite of the global COVID-19 pandemic – he’s launched two music videos earlier in the year: one a snide commentary at the country’s ineffective new Health Minister and another to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his 2010 album ‘Warga’ (which depicts a skiving politician). He also launched a lo-fi ‘video EP’ titled “PKP EP” in May of spontaneous songs he recorded during the Movement Control Order in his country. All of these are available exclusively on his Youtube page. He was also one of the first few artists who took part in an online livestream fundraiser show for COVID-19 frontliners which raised more than RM10K.