Sujud

Sujud by Senyawa. Bandcamp Link: Sujud

Number 7 in the wire magazine Top 50 releases of 2018.

Senyawa are an Indonesian duo.

I would classify what they do as a sort of ritualistic performance art.

The vocalist has a very low voice and groans more than sings. They accompany themselves on handmade electrified and acoustic instruments and percussion. Most recently they have discovered a small handbag of digital EFX boxes.

Due to the external similarity of their music to a couple Western genres, mostly drone metal and maybe prog, they have been adopted a bit by fans of those musics, and the associated publications and scenes.

Well, to be honest, if you heard a Senyawa song between a SUNNO))) song and a magma song, it wouldn’t sound terribly out of place.

I like them a lot and have been kicking myself that I missed their performance at the lab, here in San Francisco, last year.

Regrets, I’ve got a few…

Don’t make the same mistake I did! If you get a chance, go see them!

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2017-08-11 Menjadi

Menjadi

Menjadi by Senyawa.

Unfortunately, I missed seeing this duo from Java the last time they were through San Francisco.

Vocals, Stringed Instruments, and percussion. The vocal strategies are not dissimilar to those Atilla Cshihar uses in SUNN O))), very low frequency. The various long stringed instruments deployed in an eclectic manner, bowed and plucked, droning and dancing. The percussion deep and polyrhythmic.

They’ve gotten a reputation for synthesizing the traditions of Indonesian music with modern experimental music, which is exactly what you find on this release.

Enjoyable and interesting. I hope that I can manage leaving the house the next time they are in town.

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