Hindia’s ‘Secukupnya’: Sadness in Moderation

By: Patricia Kusumaningtyas |

“Kapan terakhir kali kamu dapat tertidur tenang?”

(When was the last time you slept well?)

The question echoes on Hindia’s (also known as vocalist Baskara Putra) first line of his latest single, “Secukupnya.” It’s a rhetorical question, but it calls on us to answer it. Sure, we don’t really think about our own quality of sleep (as long as we close our eyes during the night—that’s sleep for us). Baskara asks us to stop for a while and evaluate that. The prominent bass drums and deep synths mirror that of a father’s knock on the door of our childhood bedroom, asking us to get out for a while and have a conversation. Or, like a supportive friend who can’t reach you through text, deciding to come over and directly offer you help. “Secukupnya” feels exactly like that.

After releasing the cathartic, synesthetic “Evaluasi” (reviewed by us here), “Secukupnya” is one of the string of singles leading up to Hindia’s debut LP. Both of these songs feature heavy electronic instrumentation and sincere, emotionally-revealing lyrics, and we can expect that atmosphere for the upcoming album. “Secukupnya” mirrors “Evaluasi” in which both songs resemble a shoulder to cry on. In this one, Baskara sings a laundry list of humanity’s shared troubles: “Tubuh yg berpatah hati / Bergantung pada gaji / Berlomba jadi asri / Mengais validasi” (A heartbroken body / Clinging on paychecks / Racing to be beautiful / Looking for validation), and “Putra putri sakit hati / Ayah ibu sendiri / Komitmen lama mati / Hubungan yang menyepi” (Heartbroken children / Lonely parents / Long-dead commitments / Silenced relationships).

However, Baskara didn’t leave us hanging right there. He then declares that these troubles are not individual troubles: they are shared, and it’s okay to be sad just enough. The declaration continues with small vocalized interludes—a reflection of that gap in time reserved for sadness.

This song reminds me of a similar pattern in music (and art in general). Music and art is a medium that heavily taps into the artist’s emotional sphere (and transgresses the logical towards something more abstract). Therefore, it’s obviously logical to deduce that most artists would agree that it’s okay to cry. Baskara agrees to this in “Secukupnya.” He’s letting us know that it’s okay to cry in moderation. And the song is a monument for that; this song is always going to be there—downloaded in your device or in streaming services—and you can always revisit this whenever you need a moment to pause.

There’s an intriguing verse near the end of the song, followed by a guitar solo by Petra Sihombing: “Semua yang sirna kan kembali lagi / Semua yang sirna kan nanti terganti” (Everything temporary will return / Everything temporary will be replaced). The good temporary moments will return, and the bad ones will be replaced. Or does it go vice versa? Baskara leaves it to his listeners to decide. And we’ll figure it out in a way that will comfort us.

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