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AlbumREVIEW: ‘Ini Kisah Tiga Dara’ by Various Artists

  • Stanley Widianto

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 29 2016   /  10:04 am

Movie soundtracks do this, don’t they? They serve as a preview of a film; what to expect from it, three to five minutes at a time. But it certainly baffles me as to how much of a full, unperturbed experience soundtracks can offer if they only do that. So the question is: Should they tell a different story on their own? How exactly would a movie soundtrack complement the, you know, movie?

Okay, I’m going off the grid for a bit here, but this is the thought I kept arriving at as I was listening to the soundtrack for Nia Dinata’s upcoming musical feature film Ini Kisah Tiga Dara (The Story of Three Girls) — a loosely-based adaptation of Usmar Ismail’s legendary 1957 film Tiga Dara.

Much like the characters and the settings, the songs here aren’t petty regurgitations of the movie’s relic of a soundtrack; these are new songs weaved together by the very idea of havi...