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.

Reflections on ‘Pilu Membiru Experience’

In Pilu Membiru Experience, Kunto Aji, together with Adjie Santosoputro, invites three fans to talk to Santosoputro about their stories of loss and healing, which ends with Kunto Aji’s performance of “Pilu Membiru”—a song from Kunto Aji’s sophomore album Mantra Mantra. What results is an honest, brave work of art that gives closure to its subjects and listeners.

Editorial Roundtable: Soto Ayam Bu Karti

“Soto Ayam Bu Karti” has been in our staff members’ conversations for the past few weeks. This absurd short parody by Mamang Kesbor references the style of trap hip hop artists (most obviously Playboi Carti) to tell a story about a chicken soto street food stall. Speed of Sound Mag’s editors and staff writers collaborated on an editorial reviewing the song and the extent of which “Soto Ayam Bu Karti” impacts Indonesian culture, however niche it could be.

Environmental and Cultural Preservation in .Feast’s ‘Tarian Penghancur Raya’

.Feast recently released their latest single from their upcoming album “Membangun dan Menghancurkan”—the mysterious, powerful “Tarian Penghancur Raya.” In this single we see .Feast returning to their heavier rock roots, after their foray to a more electronically-influenced rock in their previous single and EP. “Tarian Penghancur Raya” not only delivers a sound that entices and intrigues their audience, but it also reminds their audience that the issues of cultural and environmental preservation are interconnected.

Bilal Indrajaya is Here to Stay in “Purnama”

Bilal Indrajaya is mostly known for his singles “Biar” and “Ruang Kecil,” and also collaborated with Vira Talisa in her single “He’s Got Me Singing Again.” As shown from his songs and aesthetic, he’s somewhat of an old soul, heavily drawing on influences from bands like The Beatles and scenes like late ’60s psychedelia. He recently released his debut EP Purnama, and while it touches on familiar themes and sounds, it takes its listeners through a stylistic and emotional rollercoaster. Check out our review of Purnama on our blog now.