2019 has been a big year for Baskara Putra. After years of getting his hands dirty in rock music as the main vocalist for .Feast, he kickstarted his solo project with the moniker Hindia. After releasing a string of singles, Baskara released his first album under Hindia, Menari Dengan Bayangan, last November, and since then it rose to numerous critical acclaim, charting at numerous year-end lists by multiple sources I talked to Baskara about fame, community, technology, and the role of music as evangelism.
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.
This post is a creative nonfiction interpretation of Hindia and Rara Sekar’s “Membasuh,” based on contributor Patricia Kusumaningtyas' current state of mind. Put on your earphones/speakers, listen along while you read.
“Kapan terakhir kali kamu dapat tertidur tenang?” (When was the last time you slept well?) The question echoes on Hindia’s (also known as vocalist Baskara Putra) first line of his latest single, “Secukupnya.” It’s a rhetorical question, but it calls on us to answer it. Baskara asks us to stop for a while and evaluate that.
Indonesian rock band .Feast’s vocalist Baskara Putra has released his very own solo single under the sobriquet “Hindia”, which he has previously described as “something for everybody” on his social media posts. And turns out, Evaluasi is something for everybody. It’s not just a pop song - it’s a story of hope and a public note regarding an important social issue.