100 Best Tracks of 2018

When Spotify released their usual yearly wrap, I can already predict that my top artist will be Kacey Musgraves and my top album will be her astonishing Golden Hour. I was not surprised when Musgraves rules my year-end list (as she's deservedly earned), yet the thing that surprised me is that I only listened Golden Hour for …

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100 Lagu Penyanyi Wanita Indonesia Terbaik

Hampir sepuluh tahun yang lalu, majalah Rolling Stone Indonesia—yang sekarang sayangnya sudah tidak lagi terbit—merilis daftar 150 Lagu Indonesia Terbaik sepanjang masa (atau lebih tepatnya hingga tahun 2008). Meski daftar tersebut cukup representatif dalam menggambarkan kekayaan genre musik tanah air, dan tanpa mendiskreditkan penulis brilian yang sudah menjelajahi ribuan katalog musik Indonesia dan menyusun daftar tersebut, …

Review Thursday: Deafheaven – “Honeycomb”

Deafheaven "Honeycomb" Ordinary Corrupt Human Love Anti- Is listening to black metal supposed to be liberating and invigorating? Or are Deafheaven just an exception? Ever since their debut album, Roads to Judah, Deafheaven have consistently put out their vivifying tracks that are unlike any other metal bands have ever put out before. Their works are …

Review Saturday: Westerman – “Confirmation”

Westerman "Confirmation" Single Blue Flowers The London-based singer-songwriter, Westerman, has released some finely crafted tunes for the past few years (he just released his EP Call and Response last year) with his distinctive guitar plucks, delivering some smooth and delicate pop songs. He is signed to Blue Flowers, the same label that takes Nilüfer Yanya …

Hidden Track: Underworld – “Born Slippy .NUXX”

Underworld "Born Slippy .NUXX" Second Toughest in the Infants / Trainspotting: Music from the Motion Picture Junior Boy's Own To put Underworld's groundbreaking "Born Slippy .NUXX" under the hidden track section will only show my ignorance toward 1990's legendary pop culture, but a few days back, I just managed to watch Trainspotting, regarded as one of the best …

Review Sunday: Troye Sivan – “The Good Side”

Troye Sivan "The Good Side" Single Universal When I first listened to Troye Sivan's debut EP, TRXYE, almost four years ago—let me just admit it—I was not immensely impressed. The EP contains five songs, but for me, they are just one long, uninspiring song that's barely distinguishable, sung by a typical sad boy. Heavily driven by …

Review Sunday: Ought – “Disgraced in America”

Ought "Disgraced in America" Room Inside the World Merge There's no other fitting time to be conscious and aware of the world's issues than now when the world keeps getting worse every day. Climate change—California was hit with the worst wildfires and landslides in the same year, it snowed in Florida—the imminence of World War …