Jumat, 30 Desember 2011

Sound of Silence, Best Local Albums of 2011Jakarta Globe

Local music fans suffered through a shortage of memorable homegrown releases this year. Although there were a few saviors, by and large there was an obvious drought in epoch-making records, and none that shifted your perspective on what you thought music could do. There were some good albums, but none that screamed “greatness.”

1 ‘DGNR8,’ by BRNDLS

The garage-rock revivalists fourth record comes closest to being the next great record, but fell just short due to a throwback sonic quality that borrows more than a little from British electronic-rock act Primal Scream. Still, the songs and production offer an undeniable array of sounds beyond anything the band had produced previously. The clash between the digital coldness of the band’s electronic flourishes and their raw abrasiveness results in an unique mash of danceable punk rock.

2 ‘See It, Hear It, Feel It,’ by Sound of Silence

This album is just one of the many released online for free by Sound of Silence. It is a meditative record that brings to mind a more conventional approach to ambient music. This obvious nod to Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports” finds a delicate balance with minimalist instrumentation, creating a majestic allure not often found in local music. Sometimes the songs tread dangerously close to saccharine territory, but thankfully never cross that line. Tranquil and relaxing, this album is certainly worth the download.

3 ‘Indonesia,’ by Morfem

Slipping outside the retro-infused touchstone of his successful main band The Upstairs, singer Jimi Multhazam goes back to basics with Morfem. Backed by a band of grungy punk rockers, Jimi drives Morfem with catchy melodic rock that pays equal homage to 1970s art rock as it does to ’80s and ’90s independent rock. On their debut record, the quartet serve up an amalgamation of Jimi’s typically droll lyrics and immediately hummable rock that satisfies the need to destroy rooms with undeniable efficiency.

4 ‘Fake/Faker,’ by Polyester Embassy

Owing a whole lot to the post-psychedelia sounds of bands like Mercury Rev and the dynamic instrumental interplay of so-called post-rock bands like Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky, Bandung band Polyester Embassy isn’t exactly noted for its sheer originality. But its second album is nonetheless commendable for how it filters all of those influences into something slightly more elementary, without sounding too tired. You often wish the band would tread outside its comfort zone a little more (if we’re wishing, maybe taking out the metal edge would also help), but the band fills each song in “Fake/ Faker” with so many sections, it becomes an intriguing wall of sound that never loses its edge.

5 ‘Pop,’ by Individual Distortion

This online release from one of the country’s most active avant-garde musicians is an audio head trip that is unforgettable in its sheer inventiveness. Brutal death metal and cheesy disco music get bundled up alongside intoxicating computer experimentations. Along the way, sound samples from pop hits and melodies from children’s songs join in, creating a bewildering cacophony of soundscapes.
The mix of all the elements creates a surprising nuance of chaotic togetherness that is equally danceable and head-bangable.



Senin, 31 Oktober 2011

Releases second album Sound Of Silence-see it, hear it, and feel it

Sound Of Silence began in 2010, and is a solo project from Asyraful Umam made ​​on moods, and creating tunes that tell stories.

In the process of creating a song, Sound of Silence lot of inspiration from what is perceived, experiences and expectations.

This album is so subtle and very fine ambient music, much removed from alot of our releases. This album is alot more peaceful and shares nice electronic melodies which capture the spirit of playful music.

Asyraful really captures the mood here and this music is a great way to unwind after a hard day out in our relentless world.

Album shares simalarities to another great band Bottlesmoker.
released 31 October 2011


Selasa, 31 Mei 2011

Release Sound Of Silence in misspelled records

Sound Of Silence began in 2010, and is a solo project from Asyraful Umam made ​​on moods, and creating tunes that tell stories.

In the process of creating a song, Sound of Silence lot of inspiration from what is perceived, experiences and expectations.

"The song" Only Dream "tells a dream that I experienced. In a dream that seemed so real, I could have something that I expected. Although I realize, that dream seemed impossible to come true. "Umam Asyraful said about the song "only dream".

While "Ideals of the Past" is a song about a lost someone very precious. "The feeling of loss that has inspired me to create songs. The goal is to remember and not have to live in it ".

All the songs in this album wrapped with the nuances of post-rock and ambient, and much influenced by Explosions In The Sky.

Happy listening .. (rid / IMR)
released 30 May 2011


Sabtu, 23 April 2011

release EP Sound Of Silence


Sound Of Silence dimulai sejak tahun 2010, dan merupakan sebuah projek solo dari Asyraful Umam yang dibuat berdasarkan suasana hati, dan menciptakan nada-nada yang bercerita.

Dalam proses penciptaan lagunya, Sound of Silence banyak terinspirasi dari apa yang dirasakan, pengalaman dan harapan.

“Lagu “Only dream” menceritakan mimpi yang saya alami. Dalam mimpi yang tampak begitu nyata itu, saya bisa memiliki sesuatu yang saya harapkan. Meski saya sadari, mimpi tersebut sepertinya mustahil untuk terwujud”. Ungkap Asyraful Umam mengenai lagu “only dream”.

Sementara “Ideals of the Past” adalah lagu yang berkisah tentang kehilangan seseorang yang sangat berharga. “Perasaan kehilangan yang dalam ini menginspirasi saya untuk membuat lagu. Tujuannya untuk mengenang dan tak perlu hidup didalamnya”.

Semua lagu dalam album ini dibalut dengan nuansa post-rock dan ambient, dan banyak terpengaruh oleh Explosions In The Sky.

Selamat mendengarkan.. (rid/imr)



Jumat, 21 Januari 2011

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