lightcraft: “an antidote for rainy days, sleepless nights, mournful moments, lovelorn phases and sleepy mornings”
Jakarta’s beautifully moody lightcraft has released a new EP ‘Another Life’ ahead of its upcoming third LP. As someone who’s more familiar with Indonesia’s hardcore scene, finding a dreamy indie band that reminds me of the ‘Your Name’ soundtrack caught me off guard in the best way possible.
From the Bandcamp bio:
“a band that thrive under sadness and melancholia, inspiring them to craft their trademark anthemic melancholic sound, crafting atmospheric songs out of sadness and joy.”
Jakarta skate-punk band Buddy Bully just released its debut EP, and it’s great! Lots of melodic guitars with the right amount of kicking and screaming to get you singing along too. Listen to the whole album via Unite Asia.
Balcony and Homicide’s “Memoar ’98” is an old song, released four years ago on the excellent Reunion EP released via Grimloc Records. Now we have a new music video for the Indonesian hardcore metal song that sounds like hardcore metal trying to do rap and doing it surprisingly well (we have Homicide to thank for that). According to Rolling Stone Indonesia, the music video is dedicated to Balcony’s late guitarist Rev. “Jojon” Permana, who passed away two years ago.
Modern Guns is an Indonesian melodic hardcore punk band based in Depok in the West Java province. Its new album, The Place Where I Left You (Armstretch Records), is worth the listen if you’re into Brand New, and you should be into Brand New (because they’re great!). You can check out the album on Spotify and iTunes as well.
The blend of emo, ambience, and punk works well here, whereas most bands fumble at sounding melodic and aggressive at the same time. Keep your eyes and ears out for more Modern Guns music coming out hopefully soon.