Liver & Lung Productions to release "Mahsuri" OST, "In My Arms"

Florey DM
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"In My Arms" features Irena Taib (from The Impatient Sisters) as the primary vocalist.
"In My Arms" features Irena Taib (from The Impatient Sisters) as the primary vocalist.

2 Nov – Prior to the official launch of "Mahsuri (& Other Peculiar Tales)" next month, a single from the upcoming short film will first be released this Friday.

Called "In My Arms", it is described as a folk-pop song that combines a unique contemporary sound with an authentically Malaysian story, depicting the epic romance between Mahsuri and Wan Derus, the protagonists of one of the most famous legends in Malaysia.

"In My Arms is a song that means so much to me. It is romantic, soulful and, most importantly, inspired by the melodies my mother used to sing to me when I was younger.

"It will hopefully breathe new air into the incredible love affair between Mahsuri and her husband Wan Derus. I am so excited for you to hear it," said Liver & Lung co-founder Shafeeq Shajahan, who composed the song as well as directed the short film.

"I've always believed in the importance of remembering our roots," Shafeeq added. "The Malaysian identity is diverse and colourful and as a film and theatre-maker, I feel a responsibility to keep reintroducing Malaysian stories to new audiences in contemporary & exciting ways."

Badrish, co-composer of "Sepet The Musical", and Irena Taib from indie-band The Impatient Sisters are featured as primary vocalists in the song.

"In My Arms" will be released this 6 November. Pre-save links are available at https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/liverandlungandbadrishandirenataib/in-my-arms

The full soundtrack of "Mahsuri (& Other Peculiar Tales)" will be released later this month.

Meanwhile, the short film itself, which has been selected as a finalist at the prestigious Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo, is set to launch this December.

Adapted from Liver & Lung's Cammie award-winning stage production that debuted in Kuala Lumpur in 2017, the first musical short film from Liver & Lung follows Adam, an autistic boy who stumbles upon a mysterious book of legends that transports him and his friends into a magical world of music and wonder. In this instance, Adam is teleported to 18th century Langkawi, where he must help magical Mahsuri, wife of warrior Wan Derus, escape from the wrath of her mother-in-law, Mahura.