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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Jakarta-based duo Lunar Motel returned with another single titled “Mind Reflection”, with a brand new theme surrounding self contemplation.
“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.
Jakarta-based folk-country singer Farrel Savero breaks into the local music scene with his single “It Seems Like God Is Good To Me”. Previously known as the bassist of the band Blue Cirrus, Savero is now inclined to embark on a solo career.
.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.
After making his debut earlier this year with his single “Samuderasa”, ambient folk soloist Eky Rizkani, also known as Reruntuh, has released his first album “Runtuh, Tumbuh” under Labuan Records and Spotlight Musik.