The Jakarta Post
Indonesian solo artist Suraa. (Courtesy of /Idiiw Records)
Indonesian independent label IDIIW Records has released the debut single of their latest artist, Suraa.
Composed by Cholil Mahmud of the renowned band Efek Rumah Kaca, “Jauh” (far away) is available at digital stores and on online platform kiosojokeos.com.
Cempaka Surakusumah, the artist behind Suraa, sings in a dreamy, reverb-tinged voice, with minimalist piano in the background, a subtle drone layer and muted bass lines. The song climaxes softly at the end of the track with a gentle choir of backing vocals.
The lyrics are about a person waiting faithfully for her loved one to return. It was written by Tamar, a friend of Cempaka’s, who unfortunately passed away before the song was released.
Members of Efek Rumah Kaca – Cholil, Akbar Bagus and Poppie Airil – served as executive producers. The song was recorded at Kios Ojo Keos, a collective art and library space owned by the band.
Cempaka, who has sung with groups such as Folkagogo and Suasana Sabtu Pagi, also created the art for “Jauh”.
Previously, the label introduced Nirmaya, a solo project by Efek Rumah Kaca’s backing vocalist, Irma Hidayana. (gis/wng)
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