Sound Check, vol. 9: Bilal Indrajaya

Bilal Indrajaya is not your people-pleasing songwriter; the musician who hails from Tangerang Selatan writes music that is far from anthems or battle cries. Instead, he writes deeply personal songs that hits close to his listeners' home. Bilal Indrajaya not only shines through his musicality, but we can hear from his work that he also respects the musicians that came before him and memorializes them in a way that is also uniquely himself.

A Very Brief Study of Crowdsurfing in the Rock Music Scene

A while ago, our team had the chance to attend the third installment of the rock festival Paguyuban Crowdsurf at Rossi Musik Fatmawati, Jakarta. Presenting diverse local indie rock acts including Rekah, Dental Surf Kombat, Cumloud, Piston, .Feast, and Tarrkam, the show gathered rock enthusiasts from all over Jakarta to crowdsurf all night long - a move that is both special to the rock music movement and of course, authorities. But what is it that makes the act of crowdsurfing so iconic yet often banned at the same time?

Ngulik, vol. 1: Overview of the Icelandic Music Scene

When it comes to the Icelandic music scene, people would instantly associate it with Björk and Sigur Rós. But actually, there’s so much more than those two names in the Icelandic music scene, as it consists of a tremendous diversity that would blow your mind. This article written by co-editor Ralka Skjerseth will unravel many sides of the Icelandic music scene that you all should check out.

LEXICON and the Reinvention of Isyana Sarasvati

Isyana Sarasvati is back with her third album, LEXICON. After her first two releases flirting with Indonesian pop music charts and radio hit-style pop, she unleashes her new sound in this album—or, rather than her new sound, she’s coming back to her roots. Her classical music prowess finally holds center stage in LEXICON, while at the same time, exploring and deconstructing genres and other elements we might not see Sarasvati play with through the public eye.

Dancing With Your Sorrows in “Menari Dengan Bayangan”

Hindia’s long-awaited debut album is finally here. After a string of pre-released singles, Baskara Putra explores his own mind with his latest release. Menari Dengan Bayangan is definitely a close look of Hindia as an artist—an indie pop/rock music album version of the self-portrait painting—conveyed artistically, musically, and lyrically. Baskara Putra mixes the personal and the public in this debut record.