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Raisa returns bringing a more mature vibe

Kezia Kho

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Thu, July 18, 2019  /  06:49 pm
Raisa returns bringing a more mature vibe

Hello again: Indonesian singer Raisa (second right) speaks at a press conference to promote her new single “Kembali” (Returning) alongside Juni Records founder Adryanto “Adry Boim” Pratono (left), cowriter of “Kembali” Mikha Angelo (second left) of The Overtunes and “Kembali” coproducer Marco Steffiano at the XXI Lounge at Plaza Senayan in Central Jakarta on Tuesday, July 9. (JP/Valerie Halim)

Indonesian pop diva Raisa has matured a lot since she became a mother, as shown in her new single, which marks her return to the music scene after a seven-month break during her pregnancy. The single, which is properly titled “Kembali” (Returning), became available on various streaming platforms on July 9. Raisa had previously hinted to her fans about the new single, which was produced by JUNI Records, in a video titled “I’m Back”, which was uploaded on her official YouTube channel on June 19. The four-minute and 23-second ballad feels more mature and heart-rending than any of the music she has produced before. A departure from the cheeky jazzy-style tunes we are used to hearing from Raisa, “Kembali” opens with tender guitar strumming and steadily evolves into a choral style by the second chorus. The lyrics do not tell a story but rather...