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 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?
60’s music, especially 60’s rock is pretty diverse in its own way. While everyone remembers Sgt Pepper, there are other works of art from this very rich decade that might catch your interest. Here they are!
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.
This is a response to ‘Spotify dan Betapa Narsisnya Kita’. This article offers another perspective on the relation between music digitalization and our narcissism. After all, we are all just starting the new era of nostalgic moments for the new generation.
There’s no denying the effect of citypop to music fans of the internet. Citypop is growing in Indonesia, but no one does it like Aya Anjani. In her most recent EP, “Tak Ada Yang Hilang,” Aya Anjani takes citypop into new heights—transforming its Japanese roots with lyrics in Indonesian, while writing deeply personal lyrics that speaks to her listeners.
With a lot of recent deaths because of suicide among musicians in the past few years, mental health in the music industry has been a major talking point, with a lot of artists being open about their mental health and also advocating it at the same time. Efforts to accommodate musicians’ mental health have also risen in recent times.
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.
This time, with OBSESSION, EXO is set to step on their own mark as one of K-Pop’s best boy groups in this generation.
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.