This album will challenge you.
It will look you in the eyes and howl discordant notes.
Steal away into the night and pine for the new moon.
Slither in past barred doors to curl at your feet.
In a place where the artist cannot speak freely, it is a voice in the shadows.
A low growl in the dark.
A Pandora's box of open secrets and a cauldron of suppressed stories, threatening to boil over.
Perhaps it is a desperate animal.
Trying to claw its way out of a well built of silence, cemented in by the willingness of my people to strangle their own voices with a string of false idols and empty promises.
This is the last match in a squandered box, as the cold closes in.
One lonely, precious, delicate flame to guide lost ships home.
It is a poltergeist that will whisper in your dreams. Dark, grand, terrible, lovely things.
And in the morning, as you sip your coffee and the sun warms your bones and skin and sinew,
you'll realize that maybe
you've fallen in love with this strange, feral, noble beast.
"Reminiscent of Gil-Scott Heron with the theatrical affectation of Peter Murphy and world-weariness of Tom Waits, Ksatriya’s music and lyrics pack a heady wallop."
- Tashny Sukumaran, The Star goo.gl/1rA55w
"Profound lyrics and melancholic melodies, RED is not for the easy listener. It makes you think, and that is what music should do."
- Julia Tan Jo-Mei, Penang Monthly goo.gl/9qHACi
released October 1, 2013
Salam featuring the vocal talent of Regina Ibrahim and Eric Beng on guitars
Original composition by Ksatriya, Eric Beng, Damon Lee, Adie and Samwise Wee Khee
Bogeyman featuring the vocal talent of Vivian Adram
I Need a Drink original composition by Ksatriya and Tom 'Loki Lovelight' LaGrange
Hantu Balu additional guitar composition by Eric Beng
All songs written and performed by Ksatriya
Additional composition and arrangement by Samwise Wee Khee
Special thanks to all those who contributed portraits for the Anak Merdeka lyric video
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Unauthorized copying, reproduction, public performance, broadcasting, hiring or rental prohibited
Arranged, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at
SAMWISEMUSIC Recording Studio
Design and Artwork by