KUANTAN’s very own folk trio The Impatient Sisters are incredible. Flipping the entire ideology of “girl groups” in their own unique direction, these three sisters write and sing emotive tunes with hearty depth, blending quirky soul and folk-pop. Their songs are distinctly characterized by their haunting harmonies, as well as eclectic arrangements utilising guitar, xylophone and even the kazoo.
The sisters first delved into music by giving their own spin on influences such as Priscilla Ahn and Eisley. It didn’t take long for them to realize that they have almost-tangible chemistry (not all siblings are as fortunate!) leading them to writing original material — songs as dreamy, breezy, happy and sad as the artistes they drew inspiration from.
In 2014, The Impatient Sisters released their self-titled album consisting 11 originals recorded at Kamar Seni Recording Studio. It includes collaborations with Jeremy Larson (who’s worked with Sucré, the solo project of vocalist Stacy Dupree-King of Eisley), American alternative rock band Mutemath, and even Eisley themselves.
Their ability to present their take on on love, death, heartbreak, letting go, sleeping in, and other moments of modern life opened them up to a broad spectrum of listeners.
Two years on from the release of their debut album, The Impatient Sisters are back again with the visual treatment for their latest single from their aforementioned album. “Hey There Young Sailor” is a love song that showcases the band’s gift for strong, melodic indie-folk and signature soaring harmonies.
The music video, which debuted at the band’s last gig on the 15 May 2016 at The Bee, Publika, is directed and produced by Ling Low of Sweet and Low Films, who previously directed OJ Law’s music video for “Tongue Tied”. In keeping with the song’s sense of magic and wonder, the video combines live action with animation, hand-drawn artwork and archive images to tell a love story set at sea.
The video stars two actors from Malaysia’s theatre and film scene: rising star Ho Lee Ching (resident performer at The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat) and Alfred Loh (who starred in We Jun’s short film Fix and Jo Kukathas’s production Another Country). The Impatient Sisters make a cameo too!
Inspired by the experiments of cinematic pioneer Georges Méliès, the video is an homage to fantasy films such as A Trip To The Moon from 1902. Its collage of visuals uses images from that very period (courtesy of the British Library’s digitised letters and advertisements) as well as illustrations by independent artist and graphic designer Lyn Ong. All this was melded together through animation from Clara Oktarina.
Get aboard, young sailor, and make sure to check out the music video!