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As Senyawa, the Indonesian duo of Wukir Suryadi and Rully Shabara truly are a rare thing - peerless. I could throw some slight references to artists whose listeners they may appeal to; Keiji Haino, Sunn O))), Mohammad or Loren Connors for example, but these guys truly are unique.
Senyawa first came to my attention and probably to a lot of other ears, thanks to 2015’s ‘Menjadi’ record on Rabih Beaini’s (Morphosis) Morphine label. I’ve since discovered they’ve had three previous releases and now in 2016, ‘Brønshøj (Puncak)’ is actually their fifth album.
On the label’s SoundCloud player, this release is rather comically tagged as ‘Trance’ but I think there’s really something in that. These sounds, generated by Wukir’s homemade string instruments and Rully’s extreme vocal techniques and throat singing have a real otherworldly, primal, ritual-like, hypnotic/meditative quality. Imagine ancient Javanese folk music colliding with the avant-garde, with the transcendent qualities of doom/drone metal and you’re maybe halfway there.
Released on the superbly curated, Copenhagen based record label Cejero, and housed in a lush reverse board sleeve, screen printed by Danish visual artist Kasper Lynge Jensen. This is a piece of work I can thoroughly recommend getting your paws on. Edition of 300 copies.
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