Koi No Yokan (Japanese)
The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love.
This phrase represents the kind of chemistry that happens to people when they lay eyes on each other. Sometimes, when we meet someone for the first time, we just somehow know that we have a chance of a long relationship together, despite not having said a word to each other. This emotion is explored in our tracks called Happy Song. The reason why we called it Happy Song is because we wanted to exploit that happiness we feel when we meet a person we know we will have a great time with, despite the fact that we don’t know if it will end up that way.
In the picture, you can see how Abel profoundly opens up his hands to nature, as if he has found a true calling. That’s exactly how it feels when that moment of realization comes to your subconscious mind, translating to images of the future of the relationship. That feeling blinds us with the fact that at the end of the day relationships end, people live their own lives, and nothing lasts forever but in that exact moment you don’t feel like it will.
The chorus goes “It’s all around, it’s all around, You never know when it’s going to end, You never know when you’ll find the end.” Reality strikes behind the emotions as you can see Fareez taking a picture of Abel. The essence of taking a photograph is to capture an exact moment and emotion that may not be able to be recreated. Only in photographs, that emotion will last. As Thom Yorke says in There There by Radiohead, “Just cause you feel it, doesn’t mean it’s there.”
That feeling of anticipation when you’re waiting for someone to show up at your house and you keep going outside to see if they’re there yet.
In the picture, Abel is waiting. Waiting to see if similar faces will show up to perform at the open mic session every Thursday night at Warehouse. The Warehouse Gallery and Cafe was located at Jalan Tun HS Lee but closed down a few months ago. It was the place to go to listen to Malaysian and foreign open mic-ers who would play whatever music they want, whatever instrument they have, however they wanted. It was a place to express passion. It was a place where creativity was limitless and everyone came ready to enjoy the music and make new acquaintances.
The audience comprised of a diverse crowd of yuppies, hippies, and anyone who wanted to enjoy good music. We were blessed to have a chance to play there and met great musicians such as Kino, a Malaysian busker who has been busking for more than ten years, Jes Ebrahim, a Malaysian singer-songwriter who is also an active participant of humanitarian movements, Domingo, the open mic organizer and a Latin-American Surfer who loves to perform Santeria by Sublime and a long list of other talented individuals, who would either be rapping to a hip-hop rhyme, singing to a Rihanna song or even playing electronic beats through a track pad.
What made it special was people brought their own equipment — speakers and worn out drums — basically anything to contribute just to make that one day of the week special for the performers and everyone who came. There was no financial incentive involved, people just came for the music. As a band, we were fortunate enough to have a chance to experience a personal performance kind of crowd. The first time we played there early this year, we remember people were sitting on the floor just listening to us. We don’t think we could ever recreate that kind of experience anytime soon.
Featured art by Kim Khaira for ISSUE #16: OTHER.
Masha’s Berg are a collective of friends from diverse backgrounds, akin to a circus band who share the same love in expressing their emotions through music. The band is made up of lead guitarist and vocalist Abel (a Thom Yorke and John Lennon superfan), Fareez on shaker and backing vocals (with a knack for taking beautiful landscapes with a peculiar perspective), second guitarist and vocalist Rashid (hailing from the hustle and bustle of Jakarta), drummer Khairi (so in demand he’s in four other bands), and latest addition Adam, a lefty who plays a right hand bass. Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.