SENYAWA: Indonesian Ritual Drone Metal

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This is a thread for discussion of the amazing Indonesian duo Senyawa, consisting of vocalist Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi, who builds amazing instruments that sound like what a cello might sound like if Sunn O))) designed it. Their music is like ritual doom, but it's much more than chanting and drones; Shabara's voice is incredible, almost Keiji Haino-esque at times and operatic at others, and the range of tones Suryadi generates is like nothing I've ever heard. They've got a new album, Sujud, coming out in November on Sublime Frequencies.

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 28 September 2018 20:47 (two years ago) link

Here's a live video from last year:

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 28 September 2018 20:48 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

That performance is sick. I can't believe how good Shabara is.

Do any of the previous albums emphasize softer singing? I love moments like at 12:30.

They must be getting zillions of listeners from the Red Dead Redemption soundtrack too. Good year for them.

jmm, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 13:59 (two years ago) link

they do !

budo jeru, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 20:06 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

new record "bima sakti" with stephen o'malley, available on LP / digital here:

budo jeru, Saturday, 18 July 2020 14:27 (seven months ago) link

four months pass...

My label, Burning Ambulance Music, is putting out Senyawa's new album Alkisah in February of next year. (Preorder link)

We're one of 30+ labels putting it out, each handling a separate territory as part of an anti-hierarchical release strategy - in the US, it's me, and an outfit in California that's doing an ultra-limited cassette edition (50-100 copies).

Here's the video for the first track, "Istana":

It's so good. I can't believe they let me be one of the labels participating in their experiment.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 13:25 (three months ago) link

'Grats, unperson. I'll be sure to check it out.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 13:49 (three months ago) link

Ah, that explains why I got two separate Bandcamp notifications. Nicely done!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 16:26 (three months ago) link

very cool

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 16:43 (three months ago) link

fwiw I don’t know if it’s archived but they had a brief appearance on Morphine Records’ live streaming benefit show fundraising for Lebanon. good stuff!

mh, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 17:26 (three months ago) link

congrats to unperson on getting their new release!

mh, Wednesday, 18 November 2020 17:27 (three months ago) link

This sounds fantastic! Gonna pre-order this one for sure.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 17:31 (three months ago) link

It does!

actually-very-convincing (Sund4r), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 17:48 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

unperson - if we pre-ordered the CD, will there be a full album digital download?

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 19 February 2021 23:44 (one week ago) link

Yeah I was going to check on that since it hasn't activated today, but then I remembered he said his home internet's been out this week -- maybe hasn't had the chance yet?

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 20 February 2021 00:19 (one week ago) link

Ahhh good point Ned, thanks.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Saturday, 20 February 2021 01:07 (one week ago) link

Got the full code, thanks unperson! This is killer, really digging it.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 22 February 2021 22:29 (six days ago) link

Yeah, the first thing I did when my internet came back on Sunday afternoon was make the album live. Glad you're enjoying it; it really is an incredible record, like nothing else out there.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 22 February 2021 22:55 (six days ago) link

hell yeah

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Monday, 22 February 2021 23:29 (six days ago) link

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