Best Albums of 2014
as selected by Komang Adhyatma

Danilla <BR>“Telisik”


Indonesian music scene still falls short of female singer-songwriters – especially those that play in the rhythm of Bossa Nova. With her romantic lyrics and charming songwriting on recent full-length album “Telesik”, Danilla is one of those who are changing this situation.

♪♫ Listen: “Ada Disana

Danilla on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and beehype.

Fstvlst <BR>“Hits Kitsch”

“Hits Kitsch”

Even though the band has changed its name from Jenny to Fstvlst, they keep showing consistency in their music with the release of the long-awaited debut album, “Hits Kitsch”. Smart lyrics and energy make Fstvlst’s first LP unlike any other release in the Indonesian music scene. Interesting!

♪♫ Listen: “Orang-Orang di Kerumunan

Fstvlst on Soundcloud, YouTube, Twitter.

Morfem <BR>“Sneaker Fuzz” EP

“Sneaker Fuzz” EP

Morfem released their latest record “Sneaker Fuzz” in September 2014, a direct effort filled with simple but non-obvious lyrics. It lasts just about 20 minutes, but the album is worth a place in your collection.

♪♫ Listen: “Rayakan Pemenang

Morfem on Twitter, WordPress, YouTube.

Rabu <BR>“Renjana”


Yogyakarta duo Rabu brings gloomy atmosphere and slowed down rhythms to folk music, resulting in a variety of emotions. Just as suggested by their latest album’s title, “Renjana”, meaning “Emotion”.

♪♫ Listen “Dru” + album stream

Rabu on Soundcloud, Twitter, Facebook.

Sore <BR>“Los Skut Leboys” EP

“Los Skut Leboys” EP

It has become a habit for the Jakarta-based indie band Sore to bring a lot of synergy into their works. This EP features four songs from an upciming full-length album of the same name: “There Goes”, “Belajar dengan Riang”, “8”, and “Para Plesirs”, with each member of this four-piece group responsible for one song.

While constantly reinventing themselves, with “Los Skut Leboys” Sore maintain harmony with their big previous LPs, “Centralismo” and “Ports Of Lima”.

♪♫ Listen: “There Goes

Sore on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.

Tulus <BR>“Gajah”


The Bandung-based singer Tulus attracted the demand for about 80,000 physical copies of his latest effort, “Gajah”, suddenly drawing attention from a wider audience in Indonesia. Fans of romantic, easily accessible pop music should explore “Gajah” in its entirety.

♪♫ Listen: “Sepatu

Tulus on www, Twitter.