Sam Lopez, AirAsia Release Sounds of Asean

To celebrate the 56th ASEAN Day this year, airasia partners with Malaysian synth-pop musician Sam Lopez (a.k.a lost spaces) to showcase the diversity of Southeast Asia.

Sam Lopez Sounds of Asean. Music Press Asia

This ASEAN day, the airasia play team takes its guests on an audio journey through Southeast Asia. Presenting Sounds of Asean, a music project with a line-up of five tracks featuring field recordings from five cities – Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila and Singapore.

For this project, airasia enlisted Malaysian indie synth-pop artist Sam Lopez (aka lost spaces) to visit these cities, mingling with the locals, embarking on adventures, capturing the sounds and sampling the vibes of Asean along the way.

Malaysian artist Sam Lopez, better known as lost spaces, has had a good run recently, with 2019 being his biggest year yet, opening for the likes of Korean indie band HYUKOH and Thai singer-songwriter Phum Viphurit.

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Inspired by the heritage buildings, hawkers, jeepneys and tuk-tuks, train announcements, temple bells and even local cats, Sam has created the Sounds of Asean for airasia. This audiovisual experience brings the listener (or viewer) closer to the rest of Asean, allowing them to immerse themselves in the region’s rich, intricate tapestry.

This project features an entire playlist and an upcoming travelogue series on Sam’s guide to his favourite places in each of these cities.

Bangkok is one of my favourite cities, I call Kuala Lumpur home, Singapore is just so well-planned and walkable. I love Jakarta’s music scene, and this project also brought me to Manila for the first time! Before this project, I’d never thought about how different yet ‘same same’ we are in Southeast Asia, and it’s been fun to work on this project and come up with these tracks. I hope the vibes of each city inspire more people to get out there and explore the world,” said Sam.

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[Sounds of ASEAN comprise of 5 songs with field recordings from cities including Singapore, Manila, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Music Press Asia.]

As a brand that connects all 10 countries of Asean and their various cities, airasia has brought together more than 700 million people in the region, celebrating our differences and similarities.

“Sam’s music has this great chill vibe, yet at the same time, it also features bright, clean sounds and great use of sound sampling. We knew right away that we had to get him to work with us on this project. We’ve always been passionate about supporting local talent, and Sam has really managed to bring each city to life with Sounds of Asean,” said Rudy Khaw, CEO of airasia brand co.

Listen to the full tracks here and explore more Southeast Asia stories on airasia play.

ASEAN Day is the annual commemoration of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – a regional intergovernmental organisation that fosters cooperation and integration among its ten member states in Southeast Asia.

On the 8th of August each year, member countries gather to celebrate the establishment of ASEAN. Throughout the ASEAN Day celebrations, member nations participate in various activities to promote regional solidarity and showcase ASEAN’s achievements and objectives.

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This occasion serves as a vital platform to emphasise the significance of regional collaboration in addressing shared challenges and fostering economic growth and cultural understanding.

Watch the ASEAN Day full celebration on their official website, here.

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