KUALA LUMPUR — Amir Pakiam was talking over the phone animatedly with a disc jockey of a popular FM radio station in Kuala Lumpur while he lay lazily on his bed.
As soon as he put down his mobile phone, an infectious danceable song began playing on the speakers of his computer, which was tuned in to the radio station.
"Paperplane Pursuit," the 24-year-old computer engineer said nonchalantly, referring to the English language Malaysian pop-rock band that is hugely popular in the predominantly Islamic Southeast Asian country.
Amir, like most Malaysian youths, has found solace in contemporary music to shake away his boredom and angst.
He says Paperplane Pursuit tracks relax him after a hard day's work for a multinational manufacturing firm.
"At work, I feel like just a cog in the wheel," Amir said. "I do not get satisfaction with what I'm doing."
Amir said the trio's songs with their upbeat rhythm "chase away blues and boredom."