Papier Mache, 7-member music group from Tamparuli releases debut album, September 2008

3 years and 10 songs (6 Kadazandusun, 2 Bahasa Malaysia, 2 English) later, they finally did it.

If you’re tired of “MIDI songs” and want to hear real musical instruments being played by a true-blue Sabahan pop/rock band, this album is for you.

Apart from having the expected solid melodies, arrangement wise I’d say they went further than most local artistes; there are extended instrumental breaks, for example that minute-long violin-led solo in “Oiyad” and “Iya Om Iya” and that 90-second guitar riff fest reminiscent of Led Zeppelin in “Itu Bukan.”

As a result, the shortest song clocks in at 4:22 (Nung Olingan Oku Dia) while the longest, “Itu Bukan” is at more than 7 minutes.

Further setting them apart is songs like “Iya Om Iya” which I have never witnessed being attempted in Dusun language before: retro images of smoky bars come to mind.

Lyrics wise, apart from the usual love songs, there is also the socially-aware “Misompuru”, which calls for a united society.

Here are some previews, snippets of songs off the CD.

[UPDATE: 16th July 2009: I'm having problems with the internal player, please listen to the previews here. Apologies for the inconvenience.]

“Growing in the light” was written and sung by the group’s multi-instrumentalist Gilbert “Ebert” Lajim.

“Nung nolingan oku dia” has an opening piano and vocal melody that I think Elton John would be proud of. It was written by Gilbert “Ebert” Lajim, with Cyril “Kuak” Johnny on lead vocals. This song is being played almost daily at SuriaFM (105.9 in Sabah) by DJ Othoe:

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“Terima kasih” was co-written by the group’s bassist Ezbon “Golib” Godomon and Cyril “Kuak” Johnny. Kuak’s on lead vocals.

“Stream” has an excellent riff and a U2-influenced soaring chorus. It was written by Ezbon “Golib” Godomon.

“Matai-patai do masi”: I don’t know about you, but I have never heard an original Dusun song so heavily early-60s era Beatles-influenced and executed so well. It was written by Gilbert “Ebert” Lajim and the vocals handled by both him and Kuak. Ebert’s two sisters did the backing vocals. I think this will be a favourite with concert audiences.

Please support our local musicians.

If you like what you hear, and would like to purchase the CD (RM20) or cassette (RM13), I was informed that you can get them at music stores in Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Kuala Lumpur and Johor. I have personally verified that they are available at CKS Donggongon and Polysound Kg Air.

Alternatively, I also keep some in stock. Please email me at bengodomon@gmail.com or leave a comment.

About the album

The songs were mostly recorded and mixed at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), probably the most advanced recording studio in the state. It was mastered by Roger Wang (RAM Studio) and released under TJC Talent Studio of Tenghilan.

Front:

Back:

… does one of them look like he’s wearing a 5.11 Tactical Jacket?

28 thoughts on “Papier Mache, 7-member music group from Tamparuli releases debut album, September 2008

  1. Please provide me with your email address (email it to me if you prefer) & I will let you know the payment details. Thank you.

  2. Bought the CD on Tuesday this week from CKS Penampang and still pusing-pusing on my car’s audio.

    I’m a fan of Papier Mache (@ eggs?) after listening to 2 of their songs, “Growing In The Light” and “Iya Om Iya” which had been released separately on different web occasions.

    Keep it coming Papier Mache!

  3. Thanks for your support.

    Regarding Eggs, you can say it’s a subset of Papier Mache, since 2 members (out of 3) of Eggs are also members of Papier Mache.

    More:

    - Album launch perhaps early December.
    - Karaoke album coming up, they just held discussions with Pusakag last nite.
    - 2nd album of Papier Mache will contain the following song (of course rerecorded in a proper studio): http://bengodomon.com/2008/03/17/probably-one-of-sabahs-best-ever-unknown-songs/

  4. It’s always great to witness our local boys coming out with an album. Will there be any availability in KL? Or else what would the full cost of getting the cd into my living room here in KL?

  5. I was informed that this album is also on sale in KL, but not sure of the coverage. Anyway, I think RM4 should be enough for the postage (of course not express mail). I will let you know the payment details via email.

  6. I HAVE LISTENED TO ALL 10 SONGS NON STOP FOR THE PAST 2 WEEKS… MANNNN I TELL YOU IT’S DEFINTIELY WORTH THE MONEY….

    EVEN IF THIS MASTERPIECE IS SOLD AT RM40 PER CD, I THINK EASILY 10,000 UNITS WILL BE SOLD OUT IN A MONTH…. WHAT MORE IN USA, UK, AUSTRALIA???

    NOW FORGET HAIL AMIR, AHMAD NAWAB, LED ZEPPELIN, THE BEATLES, RHOMA IRAMA, DLLOYD, THE MERCY’S OR ESTRANGED…. BUY PAPIER MACHE’S CD…. INGAT BELI YG ORIGINAL…

    BY THE WAY, CAN I PLACE A FIRM 50 UNITS CD ORDER FROM YOU?????????????

  7. semalam jam 3 am, saya terbangun dan mendapat 1 ilham dan telah mencipta 1 melodi yg agak hebat tatap malatop punya utk papier mache 2nd album..
    anehnya ilham itu datang sendiri tanpa perlu membuka setin pun tiger atau foster atau budweiser!!!!!!!!!! sudah record di handphone voice recorder

  8. Kasi emel saya dulu. Firasat: ini mesti macam Angus Young dulu ini 3 pagi juga dia tidak boleh tidur, dapat ilham riff, kasi bangun Malcolm Young kasi dengar. You know what song? Back in Black.

  9. IYA LA SIOK JUGA BA LAGU DIURANG NI, SIA TERDINGAR DI SURIA FM….SIA PUN MAU BILI LA….TAPI DIURANG BULUM BULI LAWAN ITU THE BEATLES BA BEBEK….KAU INI….TAPI KALAU DI SABAH MIMANG PAWER LA LAGU DIURANG…..

  10. bah semua kawan2,……. beli lah………. pastikan rekod malaysia tercipta – local band boy from tamparuli able to sell 35,000 units cds!!!

  11. mantad ngaran, ondos ku da “kumpulan thrash metal”, intagai ku nga tanganak wagu mantad tamparuli“` otutunan ku iri ponondig mantad kg. dopu, ruhiang ri… nga nung au daikoyu maan simbanai ngaran ti group moi dingaran id dong local nga, au moti ahandaman pominat2 dikoyu…

    he he, au moti korikot 5 percent ti kdm toi sabahan mintong internet (main gae -9 percent lah) iri no lah….kajian ku…sabah times au korikot 50% kdm mambaca – nung daily express ya 91%

    all about promotions and business stregth…you all need “AGEN” master that can lead you to higher places like John Gaisah he got Ambrose Mudi (One of Kdm got Master in Music from USA)

    …………… telling the truth…gain identity from song based on soul and feeling …

    TQ
    I made observation _ non of your album playing at music centre !

  12. Thank you for your comments and suggestions. We will surely look into it.

    I was initially against the idea of doing most of the songs in the album in Dusun, but it was the group’s decision. They could’ve changed all the lyrics to English or Malay but they chose to do 6 out of the 10 songs in Dusun. Of course, in future, they can redo the songs in other languages, and try to emulate what some other people successfully did: use the internet as a marketing and selling medium.

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