As a timeless, insanely popular musical genre, jazz never fails to capture, soothe, and embrace the audience of a generation. But how did jazz become so popular in a big Southeast Asian country such as Indonesia, so far as to heavily influence the country’s pop music charts?
With only two musical features, two very short songs, ranging between one to three minutes per song, self produced lo-fi avant garde jazz samples, and his combination of lyrical mastery and rapping techniques, Earl Sweatshirt once again has to proof that he is not a waste of potential and rapper who has fallen down the cliff – unlike what many people had said about him.
Much like the Western music scene, South Korea has its own prominent indie musicians – some dominating the scene along with mainstream K-pop stars, some severely underrated. In this article, editor Claudia Siregar has compiled a list of the best chill & lo-fi tunes from the Korean indie music scene.
This playlist curated by Ralka Skjerseth is an introduction to stoner rock for those who are new to the scene. Stoner rock itself is a fusion genre that emerged in the 1990s. It incorporates elements of psychedelic rock, heavy metal, blues rock, and doom metal. Some of the main characteristics of this genre are heavy drum beats, slow to middling tempos, low-tuned guitar lines, and distorted, groovy sounds. Some of the pioneers of this genre are Fu Manchu, Kyuss, and Sleep.
As an outsider to classical music, contributor Patricia Kusumaningtyas tells about her experiences attending her first professional classical choral concert, listening to Ēriks Ešenvalds’s “Stars” for the first time, and how the composition resonated with her this Christmas Day.
Hailing all the way from Yogyakarta, Indonesian alt-rock three-piece Grrrl Gang made their most recent comeback with their mini album “Not Sad, Not Fulfilled”. The mini album consists of five tracks fresh out of the oven (save for “Pop Princess” and “Dream Grrrl” – these two tracks were released as a single earlier this year), topped with a somewhat colourful retro aesthetic to suit the theme of the highly anticipated mini album.
It is pretty rare to see an artist address the connection between their art and their personal life directly, especially in the context of pop music. Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” is an answer to that phenomenon, where she utilizes her musical platform as being both a slap in the face for celebrity worship culture and, most importantly, an anthem of self-love
The speedofsound team is back with our weekly playlist…and this time, we’re back as a team of seven, with 14 freshly curated, musically diverse tracks for you to listen to.
Sleep, the renowned pinnacle of stoner and doom scene, are bringing us back to the riff-filled land. They are back on releasing a studio album after almost 20 years ever since Dopesmoker was released. There has been a little warning about the release of “The Sciences”, which was released under Third Man Records. “The Sciences” itself is a transcendental and powerful record under a newer, promising lineup (with Jason Roeder from Neurosis on drums) that has been around ever since they reunited on 2009. It’s nice to have an offering to the holy trinity of riffs, weed, and Black Sabbath back.
You might want to check out Subrosa; they’re a Salt Lake City-based prog/sludge/doom act. This track is from an album called For This We Fought the Battle of Ages that was released not so long ago back on August 2016. It’s basically a droning resonance that would drive the listeners into a solemn state of enchantment.