LALA “Between Us” – Album Review

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I first got to know Lala Karmela via YouTube when she was this generic girl with a guitar covering other artists love songs like Yana Yulio’s “Hasrat Cinta” and Asti’s “Satu Jam Saja.” I thought that she is a one-hit-wonder artist trying out her luck struming guitar, nice look and covering songs for soundtracks of movies that could be easily forgettable. But apparently she’s more than all that.

One day she introduced her single “Morning Star” which was an instant catch to my ears and easily likable. The single (or she insists that it was a teaser for her upcoming album) was published via Soundcloud, at exact right moment to coincide with my personal life happening (that I couldn’t get it out of my brain,) that I posted about the single (ahem, teaser) here. Apparently she has found her home in Sinjitos Records. Good for her.

Then in March she published her next single “Berkilau,” announcing that her album will be released in May, which has finally seen light of days now.

The album opens up with “Morning Star,” like said, is an instant likable electronic beat of piano loop over her crisp vocal. It is like a cool breeze in a summer day. Very refreshing. The album title “Between Us” is a decent acoustic guitar song, which has sets her free out of that one-hit-wonder stereotype. This single along can shine compared to today’s Indonesian music. “Berkilau” is a happy-go-lucky song with a surprise twist and turns during verses, refrains and bridges, then it explodes and glitters in the end part. Taking you through her world and personality. “I Don’t Know What To Wear” is a (gasp) standard number with great arrangement and production with her playful lyrics, with very girly topic. “Selamanya” is a slow jam typical Indonesian love song, but does not fall flat cheesy. “You Got Me Again” is a great closer to this album. A song with an attitude from a girls point-of-view, about love-and-hate relationship. Articulate vocals.

Being half-Philippine and half-Indonesian maybe plays a part of her great English lyrics, while her Indonesian lyrics doesn’t come cheesy neither. Still no information regarding the music director, musicians or writing companion (or whether any of the song was written by somebody else,) because I downloaded “Between Us” from iTunes Store Indonesia hence no liner notes, artworks and lyrics. Looking forward to see her live, and also buy the physical CD, it’s that worth it. Meanwhile by all means go buy¬†“Between Us” here!

Lala Karmela, you got me again!

An End of An Era, An Open Letter

It was fun at first, when you can do something sweet and only works in the movies like “You’ve Got Mail.” Yes, been doing it since 2010 with somebody, which inspires me to start a venture called Happinette. BTW, thank you Muse. Would like to discuss this with you someday, over coffee. It will be fun. xx :))

Things then developed from there to directions which was unpredictable. It has its ups and down. From the get go was planning to write my adventure in support of Happinette, the story behind the making. But it turned out that the story itself; as it was unfolding; had diverted me from focusing on actually developing the app.

People started to interact, observe, mock, gossip, steal ideas, got inspired, fall in love, hate, got inspired, seclude, sympathize, despise, taking advantages of, etc. I was in many position imaginable from vulnerable to offensive, but I have no regrets, for everything is a zeitgeist, life lesson and I had realize that such adventure was a journey for me to find more about me, to learn about myself, a pursuit of happiness. Take away this mortal body (to not be considered egomaniac or narcissist,) it’s a lesson about human’s life.

I am sorry if I made any mistakes during this adventure. I also forgives if anybody had hurt me in any way. For we are only humans, and humans make mistakes, from which we learn something about life.

People may deem me weird (or even crazy) but I am not responsible for their opinion. I intend; and never been more determined; to still write my life story down and finish what I had started. And also see that Happinette is launch in one fine day, for that is the purpose of the whole story, for which had happen for a purpose, to seek meaning of happiness, because it rings true in my personal life. In real time.

As in interaction, I will stop these #nomention act, and will interact in more direct manner. For those of you willing to open their hearts, I am also open heartedly interact and maybe get to know each other better. Also if you have experiences regarding this, I’d like to know more, we can create stories together. Some of you art workers, if you are inspired by this, let’s talk. Some of you I have already hinted, or even contacted, to express this in your art forms. All in one common universal theme. Happiness.

Our lives makes one story. #NoMention.

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Stuck In A Moment (That You Can Get Out Of)

Tadi malam saya mengalami sebuah kejadian, sebuah mu’jizat jika boleh dikatakan demikian. Saya bermaksud untuk pergi ke sebuah tempat di kompleks ruko Duta Mas Fatmawati, dan beserta partner sekaligus saudara saya Yudhi Kusumo berangkat dari SOHO kami di kawasan Lebak Bulus. Saat itu hujan lebat sebagai akibat dari mendung berkepanjangan yang sudah berlarut-larut dalam beberapa hari ini.

Kami mengambil jalan dari arah Pondok Labu melewati RS Fatmawati dan melewati CITOS, untuk bermaksud mengambil ‘jalan tikus’ Kompleks MPR dan menembus ke arah Duta Mas. Apa daya ‘jalan tikus’ tersebut sudah macet hingga mulut jalan, sehingga kami terus melalui arteri Fatmawati.

Hujan seperti air yang dicurahkan tiada henti, bahkan kami mendapati arteri Antasari banjir (genangan air kalau kata Fauzi Bowo) pada beberapa titik. Terdapat titik genangan di samping gedung baru Alamanda, padahal titik tersebut tinggi dan tidak biasanya banjir (mungkin dampak dari didirikannya gedung Alamanda, tetapi siapa yang mau peduli akan AMDAL?) Continue reading