The Indonesian shoegaze outfit Sugarstar, released the single Delirious on the 6th.
Always maintaining an air of anonymity, despite their global audience and never getting round to releasing an album though a plethora of songs appear in odd corners of the internet, with rumours of a computer crash wiping all the masters. Sugarstar were last officially heard of back in the early ’00s with the founder, Joseph Saryuf, surfacing with his now wife Anindita Saryuf in the guise of Santamonica, who themselves last revealed news in 2015.
A couple of days ago a new track, featuring Anindita entitled Delirous surfaced which is a delicious blend of distortion and glitch.
Nothing has officially been announced, although Anindita features in the track though wasn’t part of the original line-up and yesterday Sinjintos Records, which is the brainchild of Joseph commented – ‘After 12 years of hiatus, shoegaze band from Jakarta, Sugarstar, finally releases an official new single ‘Delirious’ featuring Anindita Saryuf‘. Whether this signifies Sugarstar are back or not remains open to conjecture.
Either way – the first song for a dozen years by Sugarstar with an official release – Delirious.
From Bandung in Indonesia surface Bayu Andrianto (Guitar / Vocal), Valery Marsiano (Guitar), Aditya Tri Hanggono (Bass) and Muhammad Zainul Ilyas (Drums) who form the psychedelic Napolleon.
Heavy weaves of psychotropic substance descend around the ears as Napolleon combine ’60s rock with drone to layer the listener with darkly wefted sounds. The mind finds itself drifting along with the compositions as they meander around the room.
Reminders of concentrated Hawkwind pour out of the speakers as the instruments interplay to a submerged echoing vocal that enhances the out-of focus lens of the out-put. Napolleon is able to bring the disparate concepts together in a way that leaves the listener aware only of a continuum of sound. Their ability to coalesce the ranging ideas finds the audience mesmerically entranced and time looses all relevance as the quartet cloak the consciousness in an oppressive soundtrack that has the ability to simultaneously extend an arm of comfort.
A few years behind them, it was only on the 10th that they have released their début eponymous EP. Although only four tracks long, it will be no surprise to learn that the release extends to nearly twenty five minutes. Do find some time to dwell with Napolleon who add immensely to the pleasure of the day.
Valuenary from Makassar in Indonesia is the rock quartet of Bothay (Vocal), Pardy (Guitar), Ara (Bass) and Chapunk (Drums).
Having only formed in August there is little material currently available, but what I have heard leads me to believe Valuenary have much to say and are already saying it well.
Lyrics focus on the world around them and the music is riven with classical rock themes, with big anthems and rumbling drums, it is the superb vocal which marks them out above the crowd. Valuenary have taken their influences as the foundation and are seeking to add their own structure around it without heading off theme and with some well composed songs they are able to offer a sound which fills the room with its presence.
As mentioned, material is very limited and I look forward to hearing more in short order.