Siga Nu Betul – Salsé (album review)

Siga Nu Betul is a confirmation of the fact that there’s a quality music everywhere. I’ve said it before and I will repeat it. However, the other fact is – with the literal avalanche of music online there’s almost no chance one will be found (not to mention heard) if this or that artist has no massive support from some known label. Sure, there are exemptions, but you know what I mean.

In my quest to find some of the finest examples of Indonesian music I usually browse Youtube, Reverbnation or Bandcamp. The last one mentioned has brought me to Mohamad Rahadian, also know as Mang Ison (or Mangison) and his project Siga Nu Betul’s first official release titled “Salsé”. And from the very first listen I knew I need to review it. And, by the way, I also bought it for my collection (you know, that’s how you support the artists).

This little (mini-) album clocks just under 20 minutes, but thist time will be spent in a nice dream-like state.

Mangison weaves a dreamy web from shoegaze, ambient, dream pop and post-rock and while I am no expert in these (well, I don’t claim to be expert in anything, to be honest), I know a good music when I hear it. I usually go with the statement like this one – if you listen to some album more than twice, then it’s good. Because, there’s so much stuff to catch, some albums simply don’t get the luxury of multiple listenings…this one does, though.

Let me tell you – are you in need a little break from your surroundings? these less than 20 minutes of Siga Nu Betul’s music will definitely help you.

Personally, my song of choice is definitely “In Awe” (which, incidentally, is also the longest song of this mini-album, clocking in almost 6 minutes).

And the album itself is my companion on my way to work. Enough said.


Rudolf Schütz

I am the founder/owner and editor-in-chief of the Rubber Axe webzine, the underground/overground cultural publication, publishing also this website dedicated to all things Indonesian. I'm a happily married guy with 2 kids and a fantastic wife, and I'm a relentless discoverer of all things cultural and culinary. An everlasting dreamer and idealist.

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