Monday, October 11, 2010

The Jakarta Post article

Sajama Cut returns with ‘Manimal’

JAKARTA: After more than a five-year hiatus, the critically-acclaimed Jakarta-based indie rock band Sajama Cut returns with their third album, Manimal.
It took more than a year for the band to record their latest album in the band’s new studio, in between the band members’ hectic schedules of performing live and working office hours.
The new album, consisting of eight tracks with all lyrics sung in English, is a follow-up to the band’s critically-acclaimed sophomore record The Osaka Journal, which made it on the The Jakarta Post’s album of the decade list.
While The Osaka Journal is Sajama Cut’s honest take on R.E.M., Coldplay and Guided by Voices, Manimal takes a more baroque production, taking most of its cues from The Beach Boys’ genius Bryan Wilson as in the intricately-arranged first single Paintings/Pantings.
Speaking about the new artistic direction, lead singer Marcel Thee said in a statement that without the guts for experimenting, a band would cease to be an artistic institution.
Manimal is released by independent label The Bronze Medal Recording Company and distributed by Demajors. — JP


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