Tida Wilson and Sawi Lieu from Future Collective decided to join forces with all-around artist Duto Hardono in creating the last STUDIORAMA SESSIONS of the year.
This collaboration resulted in a fine mixture of space-age instrumentalia—titled "A Distant Beach", taken from Future Collective's lovable debut album—and Orwellian futurism imagery. Black-and-white format, balloons and a pair of aspect ratios are used to deliver this audiovisual experience.
The song itself is inspired by one of the more monumental graffiti in Paris, France on May '68; during a month long of uprising by students and workers against capitalism, consumerism and traditional institutions, values and order.
"Sous les pavés, la plage!," said the graffiti. Or, in English: "Underneath the pavement, the beach!"
Tida Wilson explained that, not unlike the French kids in the past, he yearns for the beach beneath the city's stretched concrete. "But I know it is not an easy thing to achieve that kind of dream or utopia," he continued.
Voyagers of Icarie talk past and future with the help of their two collaborators on this edition of STUDIORAMA SESSIONS.
Consisting of vocalist and guitarist Budi Candra Marcukundha, vocalist Monica Hapsari, guitarist and vocalist Ramadhina Dewi, also guitarist Dimas Saktya, Voyagers of Icarie are playfully-labeled by the scene kids as a mythical band, thanks to their infrequent live performance despite countless interests from the public.
Voyagers of Icarie are known for their exquisite folk music, often combined with electronica elements and even an aura of new age. But for this video, they decided to perform "Pastlife Promise" which is one of their more contemplative—ethereal, even—numbers.
Voyagers of Icarie invited painter Endira F. Julianda and motion graphic artist Isha Hening to further capture the message of the song—as you can see from the title, it deals with the past and promise of the future—visually.
Just like life itself, transition is key for the scheme of this video. And due to the video's carefully-crafted transitional period, the watcher can easily distinguished which instance is designed to represent the past and which moment is crafted to convey the future.
This video also acts as an announcement that Voyagers of Icarie and their collaborators will perform at STUDIORAMA LIVE #5 on October 18 at Rossi Musik Fatmawati, Jakarta alongside Ramayana Soul and another band that we will announce tomorrow in the afternoon.
Here it is, our first STUDIORAMA SESSIONS of the year.
Ramayana Soul blends western psychedelia with eastern sensibilities; hence the amalgamation of sounds between sexy electric guitar, flowing bass lines, decisive drumming, serene sitar, and groovy tabla.
In this video, we can experience their collaboration with two dancing pixies which are Aras Ratri Kara and Aya Adhani; the former is a yoga enthusiast while the latter experiments with contemporary dancing. In other words, like Ramayana Soul, Aras & Aya also reflect a friendly clash between eastern and western cultures.
The collaboration, as we can see from the video, turns out to be a paragon audiovisual piece. Notice how Ramayana Soul's "Mawar Batu"—the band's love letter to The Stone Roses—complements Aras & Aya's graceful body motion, and vice versa. Both parties' interest at combining two very different, if not totally opposite, cultures is the key aspect in the blooming of this video.
In addition to being a healthy nutrition for your eyes and ears, this video can also act as an announcement that Ramayana Soul and the two dancers will perform at STUDIORAMA LIVE #5 on October alongside two other bands (yes, we are still concealing those two bands).