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Jakarta Post

Album review: ‘Antagonis’ by Riani Sovana

  • Marcel Thee

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 14 2018   /  03:22 am

Singer-songwriter Riani Sovana has returned with a new record 14 years after the release of her debut album. Though it has been a while, Antagonis (Antagonist) still resonates with its creator’s characteristic brand of “pop-dark-romantic” songwriting. The only difference is the production and execution, which brims with obvious maturity and confidence. The hooks are more direct, and the arrangements more dynamic, letting Sovana’s vocals take center stage.Released for the time being only on digital music distribution services, including Spotify and Apple Music, Antagonis was born out of a time of personal anguish and tragedy for Sovana (her professional stage name) and the people around her.The wife of co-producer Didit Saad, who helped arranged three of the album’s seven songs, died during the recording process. The shock of her passing was still raw when Sovana’s father pass...