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Jakarta Post

UNGU: the wind of change

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 16 2009   /  02:05 pm
(Courtesy of Trinity Optima)

(Courtesy of Trinity Optima) Once upon a time, people turned to Ungu for pop tunes that were sweet, slow and perhaps a little soporific. Use them as a sleeping aid no longer: This band is moving in a whole new direction. If you have heard the band's latest single "Hampa Hatiku" (My Empty Heart), now being played on TV and radio, you'll know what they mean. The new release, with its dangdut and rap influences, has nothing in common with Ungu's typically sweet and slow pop. Maybe it will amaze you, or, well, give you a slight twinge in your stomach as you think: "Hey! What's going on with Ungu?" Put this question to any of the five members of the band and you'll get the same answer: "We just want to make an innovative move after 13 years in the business." Their groundbreaking move has grabbed a lot of attention. Long before fans an...