In need to update your music playlist? We take you around the region in this new series, introducing new bands, new genres and new music not too far away from home. Southeast Asia is such a culturally diverse and musically intriguing area, and we'll take you through it bit by bit. Explore sounds from Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and more - we might even throw in a cheesy pop boyband sometime soon. We're also open to suggestions, so throw us some names if you're in the know of any best-kept secrets. You'll be surprised with what our neighbours have up their sleeves!
From it's root German word 'volk' meaning 'the people', folk music is literally the music of the people. Tigapagi's music is exactly this, inherently Indonesian, blending traditional keroncong with modern folk but it certainly does not alienate with its lilting melodies and a refreshing introspective disposition. Tigapagi has achieved in their sound, charming music that transcends language barriers.
Answer Sheet (ID)
Well here's a genre you probably haven't heard of yet - alt-ukulele. Between the three members in the band, they handle bass, guitars, tambourines, live looping, other simple instruments, and most prominently, ukuleles. Balancing tropicalia vibes with pop elements, the songs draw inspiration from everyday life. Simple, uncomplicated music and breezy tunes, it's music you listen to when you're feeling a little weary.
The Ransom Collective (PH)
They've already shared festival space with The Drums, Lucy Rose, Last Dinosaurs and rightly so. Accessible indie folk music with feel-good vibes, bursting choruses, breezy harmonies, invigorating percussion, rousing instrumentals, and warmth, it makes The Ransom Collective a perfect festival fit. Think Of Monsters And Men and The Lumineers - this band will be one to watch in the near future.
We've seen them play live a couple of times and we still can't get enough of Enterprise. This Malaysian dance-punk quintet are known for their supremely infectious synth-heavy tunes - all cleverly designed to make you break out your dancing shoes. It certainly helps to have consistently high-octane shows, and it's truly a party every time they're on stage.
Listening to the heavily atmospheric soundscapes of Gespenst, you'd be surprised to know that there's only two people in the band. The post-rock duo (who're brothers by the way) have been hard at work on their new album and it's something to be excited about - their recently released single "Rebirth" is a slow-burning instrumental diorama filled with strong ambient sensibilities and a taste for the cinematic.