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Jakarta Post

AlbumREVIEWS: ‘Zaman, Zaman’ by The Trees and The Wild

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 7 2016   /  10:37 am

Finally. It was in 2012 when I saw Bekasi-based band The Trees and the Wild (TTATW) play a show in my high school. After 20 minutes setting their gear up, impatience had spread through the crowd; who did this band, cloaked in the darkness of the night, think they were?

According to the people shouting song requests, they were the band who made the song “Irish Girl”, a folk song off their 2009 debut LP, Rasuk (Possessed). It’s some of the politest music that you could sing along to. And after the first notes were played by the band — vocalist/guitarist Remedi, guitarist Andra, drummer Inu, vocalist Tami and bassist Tyo — a subdued tone blanketed the stage, giving off an air of mystery as the music made an intense ascent. Asking for “Irish Girl” suddenly was one way to deliver a crass insult.

Then they went on to play a set of new songs. Imagine this: Choral mu...