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Jakarta Post

Album review: Barasuara sets eyes on stage with new LP

  • Stanley Widianto


Jakarta   /   Fri, March 15 2019   /  03:18 am

Alternative rock band Barasuara from Jakarta has forced Indonesia’s independent music scene to reckon with itself. Manned by gifted musicians, all daring to dream, they have always been natural on stage.The band’s 2015 LP Taifun (Typhoon) was not received with the same esteem as its stage presence — electric and, sometimes, acrobatic.Indonesia’s independent music scene remains vibrant, albeit with a lack of groundbreaking turnover. Talk of regeneration comes and goes.Barasuara fits right in that picture. Guitarist and vocalist Iga Massardi, bassist Gerald Situmorang, guitarist TJ Kusuma, drummer Marco Steffiano and vocalists Asteriska and Puti Chitara have maintained a fanbase and steady employment.The only flak Barasuara has had to take is that they’re not exactly chameleonic. The band’s fervor for the stage doesn’t translate well onto tape. And that’s the impression you...