Editorial: Current Local Picks

The Speedofsound Mag Team recently (partially) gathered to assemble our current faves from the local music scene – ranging from folk ballads to heartwrenching melodic punk to chill R&B. Sit back and enjoy the rest of the week with our picks.

Remembering Agung Hercules

For an outsider, Agung Hercules is just another dangdut singer with a one-hit wonder, or another bodybuilder internet sensation. But for the people who grew up during the heyday of his only dangdut hit, “Astuti,” Agung Hercules is much, much more than that.

The City Pairs Well With Loneliness: Maudy Ayunda’s ‘Jakarta Ramai’

Living in New York for college, I wrote about how LCD Soundsystem portrays loneliness in metropolitans in “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.” Now, I’m staying in Jakarta for three months for an internship, with Maudy Ayunda’s “Jakarta Ramai” played in the car audio on my way home from the airport. I feel like the song is going to resonate with me through my three months.

Sleater-Kinney’s ‘Hurry On Home’ to the Modern Times

Riot grrrl pioneers Sleater-Kinney came back from their slumber in 2015, releasing No Cities to Love after a 10-year hiatus. Four years after their release, it seems like they’re returning stronger than ever. Sleater-Kinney released their new single, “Hurry on Home,” after announcing that they’re back in the studio with indie rock icon St. Vincent taking on production duties. The single shows that the band, which started in the 90s, is ready to tackle new eras and sounds of the 2010s.

A Beginner’s Guide to the Early Norwegian Black Metal Scene

The early Norwegian black metal scene first emerged in the 1990s, and has resulted in producing groundbreaking artists that also attracted massive media attention for a lot of messed up stories. This article introduces bands of the early Norwegian black metal scene to start with, including the recommended albums for first-timers to the scene. Some of them have altered into more various musical styles and don’t remain black metal in their discographies, but still, these names are some of the most renowned pioneers of the scene.