Here's the thing about the Indonesian experimental duo Senyawa: they're great. I don't mean that they're great for a calm evening; with all of their enviable technical inventiveness and Rully Shabara's guttural menace, Senyawa probably appeals to the very best of your acquired taste.
I listened extensively to their 2015 LP, Menjadi, and I came away impressed and incredulous that I, you know, stuck around. Made me want to catch them live (and soon you'll be able to!).
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Wukir Suryadi's bambuwukir instrument will make you wonder the limits to a fashioned instrument; you'll wonder how many different kinds of sounds or whether it'll do as a makeshift for several instruments (percussion, guitars, whatever).
Lately, they've been known for their festival slots (including a spot at Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival this year) and incredible shows and they've probably stepped up their game since then, as I'm sure that they're doing right now.
Now that I'm done pontificating, let me tell you that they just (quietly) put out their new record on the label Cejero, titled Brønshøj (Puncak), available for purchase on vinyl or on the label's Bandcamp account. If my previous paragraphs suggest that it'll be some horrifying trip you'll take there, don't worry about it.
Listen to a song 'brønshøj 1' below:
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