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[Audio] – L.S. Gelik – “Bajing Luncat” ["Jumping Squirrel"] (1996)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on April 15, 2009

L.S. Gelik – “Bajing Luncat” ["Jumping Squirrel"] (1996)

I picked up this album (as a Japanese import with much more appealing cover art than I can find online) from an Indonesian-import wood furniture shop owner, and can find next to no information about it.  It is an example of a Sundanese form of Indonesian music called “kecapi suling,” created largely using different kecapi, a “zither-like” instrument.  To my ears the music sounds something like a cross between Ivory Coast kora and the slower, plaintive varieties of Indonesian gamelan (bell orchestra) music.  It’s meditative, hypnotising work, with repeating cycles of sparkling string tones and woodwind notes turning in the wind above.  Beautiful and haunting.


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