On May 31st, local rapper Jibs released his single “Empty Room”. Produced and mixed by none other than himself under the mononym sleepyboi, Jibs serves us with a lo-fi hip hop track decorated with trap beats and self-written lyrics about lingering heartbreak and his perspective on life.
Semarang-based rapper/singer/songwriter Tiad Hilm released his new experimental hip hop single “Fear/Loathing” on May 10, 2019 under local music collective HILLS.
Kanina is an aspiring singer, lyricist, and producer based in Semarang. She is a part of Hip-Hop trio Foolish Commander, which is under HILLS collective. She recently released her debut single “LUST” on April 28, 2019.
“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.
Multi-instrumentalist and indie rock veteran Andrew Bird sings about Sisyphus in the opener of his twelfth solo album, My Finest Work Yet, and it sounds fresher as ever. Besides being a biting lyrical social commentary and showcasing Bird’s expert musicality, My Finest Work Yet also succeeds in exploring what makes us human.
Sasami Ashworth or well known as Sasami is back with her self-titled debut album this month after releasing a few singles in 2018. The former Cherry Glazerr keyboardist started her solo career recording her demos using an iPad and writing her lyrics on her smartphone's notes app. This album in particular has a melancholic feel to it.
UK trio Far Caspian released their first EP last year in November. Between Days consists of five tracks, compiling their three singles with new songs “Between Days” and “Finding My Way Home”.
Spotify is a place where all musicians ranging from the newborn ones to the worldwide famous spread their musical works, providing access to 40 million songs and still growing. Some of these songs may have been heard by hundred thousands of listeners, mostly songs by artists who have already reached the top of the musical ladder. Starting independent artists usually have less listeners than worldwide famous ones, and here's a playlist of the best under 10K listeners songs.
More than a year ago, Korean indie rock band Cheeze disbanded, leaving vocalist Dalchong on her own and taking on her band’s name as her new solo act stage name. Since then, she has been releasing a few songs under the name “Cheeze” - including the intriguing Short Film Sequence series.