The most memorable emo band from Jakarta “The Side Project” is finally back from the dead with their new single titled “Touché”, which was released on June 10th, 2019.
You’ve seen it on Instagram—visual previews of singer-songwriter Sal Priadi clad in traditional garb and rising young musician Nadin Amizah (also known through her Instagram handle, cakecaine) in a decorously-veiled white dress, dancing in the middle of a dimly-lit abandoned building, with a voiceover of them reciting poems and lyrics of their creation. These previews are aimed to promote their latest collaborative single, “Amin Paling Serius,” Priadi’s fifth headlining single and Amizah’s fourth one.
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.
“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.
If you’re familiar with Riot Grrrl or feminist punk bands like Hole or Bikini Kill, you should check out this heavy, fuzz-driven, punk rock trio from Bandung named Bánanách.
One of Indonesia’s current main rock acts, Barasuara, is back with their album “Pikiran dan Perjalanan”, this time with even more artistry in their music, yet still as sociopolitically charged as ever.
Last Saturday, our team got a chance to attend EMO NIGHT JKT: Love is for Losers, at Miss Qi, Melawai. The event is a monthly event held by Crowdsurfers.id focusing on pop-punk and emo songs played by DJs and performing guests. With regular performers such as Janitra Satriani and Dion Mashiro, and other performers such as Silver/Gold and The Boris Suit, Emo Night JKT succeeded in luring “emo citizens” of Jakarta to gather in this one night event, and sing along to emo anthems together.
A renowned newcomer in the Indonesian jazz music scene has recently made a comeback with his new extended play. That newcomer, of course, is Ardhito Pramono, who started his jazz career in 2017, gaining popularity in 2018 with his hit single “Bitterlove”. First started out as a YouTube singer, he is now a recording artist under Sony Music Indonesia, well known for being an all-rounder, his unique jazzy style of music, and his soothing voice.
You’ve seen it on the news. You’ve seen your favorite Indonesian musicians advocating against it, and you’ve seen your friends post about it. But what exactly is RUU Permusikan? This post will give you the basics of this bill that’s about to be passed by the Indonesian government, and what it means to the Indonesian music industry at large.