I could not contain my curiosity when I heard that there’s a local band called Terima Kost Putri—a usual Indonesian tagline in advertisements where landlords are looking to rent out their rooms for women. Turns out, they are more than just their name, and they’re here to prove it.
Sehun and Chanyeol are among the most popular members of South Korean-Chinese boy group, EXO. They created a whole new unit under the name EXO-SC, making it EXO's second subunit after EXO-CBX, with a fresh hip hop-inspired sound. Their first debut album, titled "What a life" was just recently released on July 22nd, consisting of 6 tracks with lyrics completely written by the duo and three title tracks, "What a life", "있어 희미하게 Just us 2", "부르면 돼 Closer to you", each song complemented by a music video.
This is not The 1975 we knew - but THE rock n’ roll we’ve always known, as The 1975 breaks it down for us.
ENVY* is a distinct voice in the Indonesian music scene. In a scene dominated by solo rappers, this collective is a significant player inside the scarcity of Indonesian hip hop collectives. With their innovation, catchy music, and idiosyncratic message, ENVY* is on their way to becoming a major voice in the Indonesian hip hop scene. The Speedofsoundmag team talked to ENVY* about NO WONDER WE HAVE NO FRIENDS, self-expression, and the t-slur.
The Finnish folk metal music has been a magnum opus in the history of the Finnish metal scene. Finnish folk metal music can mainly be identified by the use of Finnish traditional instrument kantele, as well as other traditional instruments such as nyckelharpa and flutes. The feature of minor pentatonic melodies is also prominent in the music. Do not forget the influence of the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland that was put together in 1835 by Elias Lönnrot — most of Finnish metal band incorporate elements from the Kalevala in their lyrics. So, to summarize, the Finnish folk metal music takes influence from Finnish folklore, nature, and traditions, in which, a bit of fantasy is also incorporated. Most of the bands have energetic and intensive vibes. Here, contributor Ralka Skjerseth curates a playlist of her personal choices of Finnish folk metal tunes. Enjoy!
Hailing from the city of Yogyakarta, the band Scenario brought the theme of morale empowerment about living in urban cities with “Merancang Peradaban”.
Anthemic indie rock band Lightcraft is back with their newest album, ‘Us Is All’. To mark the release of this album on June 27th, they also held a gig with various indie rock/indie pop artists such as Rebelsuns, Tanayu, Agrikulture, Neonomora, Aya Anjani, Muhammad Arief of Rumahsakit, Nanin Wardhani of Nonaria, Rai Putriansyah, Sakti, Estusk, and Provoke! Repro Alumni Choir. We had the chance to discuss about Lightcraft’s inspiration in making ‘Us Is All’ and their opinion on the current Indonesian indie rock scene.
Korean girl group f(x) is well-known for their experimental dance-pop tracks, the members’ outstanding dance skills, and their quirky image. In this article, we have compiled a list of underrated f(x) tracks, especially ones that highlight the experimental side of their music and their high quality production.
It’s always interesting to talk about the most controversial era and one of the most iconic eras of Indonesian music - the era where local Malay pop bands dominated the scene and released what would later be national sad karaoke anthems.
The indie-rock band that was formed in Kiaracondong, Bandung has finally released their single “Panic Mixie Dream Boy” / “Dyin’ Young” for their upcoming album this year.