Exploratory Earthscapes from Indonesia

Senyawa – Sujud

Senyawa – Sujud (Sublime Frequencies, 2018)

It’s hard to describe the music of Indonesian group Senyawa. The duo makes experimental music that crosses various musical boundaries. Singer Rully Shabara uses various forms of vocals, ranging from shamanic throat sounds to whispered lyrics in various layers. Multi-instrumentalist Wukir Suryadi plays a wide range of musical instruments that include conventional ones as well as homemade devices.

Indonesian folk traditions are interweaved with sound effects, drones, some zany vocals and occasional distorted rock riffs known as folk metal. The moods shift from dreamy and earthy to unexpected vocal segments.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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