Boomkat Product Review:
Demonically possessed duo Senyawa spank our tiny minds again, collapsing extreme Western experimental frameworks into Eastern tradition with radical results taking in metal, psych, and folk through avant-traditional Javanese music. Nothing quite like it - and a big tip if yr into Keiji Haino, Tony Conrad, Stephen O’Malley.
Marking over a decade of action in this arena, the Jogjakarta, Central Java, Indonesia duo of Rully Shabara (voice) and Wukir Suryadi (babuwukir) push their border-oblivious style to extremes of metal, noise, psyche-folk, and ritual musicks on ‘Alkish’ following recent exploits with Stephen O’Malley, and inclusions of their material on video game score, ‘Red Dead Redemption.’ Their sound continues to be no less than unique in the contemporary field (or the past, for that matter), and ‘Alkisah’ holds up as a fascinating successor to their previous studio album, ’Sujud’ for Sublime Frequencies, with a hexed collection of heck-raising furies and freeformed compositions that restlessly tangle styles without care for convention.
Put simply, nobody else could sound like Senyawa even if they tried, thanks to the sound of master instrument builder Wukir Suryadi’s fantastic creation, the Bambuwukir; a bamboo built string instrument affixed with electric pick-ups, and used to create a range of tempestuous psych fire and buzzing tonalities that light the mind like little else. When combined with Rully’s vocals, which morph from Ghédalia Tazartès-like operatics to extreme metal growl, the results are just incendiary, outlandish, and steeply mystifying in a way that should forever avoid proper explanation. File on your esoteric shelf somewhere between Keiji Haino, Michael O’Shea, and Tony Conrad