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Album review: Polka Wars discovers strengths, weaknesses on ‘Bani Bumi’

  • Stanley Widianto

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 12 2019   /  02:54 am
In harmony: Indie rock band Polka Wars releases its second record after 2015 Axis Mundi. (Courtesy of Polka Wars)

In harmony: Indie rock band Polka Wars releases its second record after 2015 Axis Mundi. (Courtesy of Polka Wars)Maturity is not always natural. It’s laborious, like cutting teeth. It’s earned, through acknowledged weaknesses and realized strengths. Jakarta’s indie rock band Polka Wars — composed of vocalist Karaeng Adjie, drummer/guitarist Giovanni Rahmadeva, guitarist Billy Saleh and bassist Xandega Tahajuansya — has come a long way. Since then, many roads have been traveled, many hours have been passed. So now we have Bani Bumi, the band’s second record after 2015’s Axis Mundi. Let’s just get this out of the way: it’s musically competent. Harmony remains the band’s biggest strength; occasional bursts of sonic detours are also welcome. But Bani Bumi suffers most from a lack of variety. In terms of weaknesses, it would complement Axis Mundi, a record t...