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Alkisah Versi Hitam

by Senyawa vs Black To Comm

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  • Limited Edition Silver Signet Ring with Emblem

    19-gram sterling silver wax seal signet ring with the waning crescent emblem of the earth's last surviving civilization imagined in Senyawa's Alkisah before the inevitable doomsday.

    The last of all power rings.

    Limited to 10 rings worldwide, and shipping from Jordan.

    Emblem by Somnath Bhatt.

    Includes a wax seal candle stick, and Alkisah Versi Hitam digital album.

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  • Limited Edition Cassette in Cotton Sleeve finished with a Wax Seal
    Cassette + Digital Album

    Tinted cassette shell with printed transparent stickers, pro-printed inlay in a clear library case. Comes inside an Arches Aquarelle premium 100% cotton sleeve, wax-sealed with the emblem of the earth's last surviving civilization before the inevitable doomsday.

    Limited to 40 copies worldwide, and shipping from Jordan.

    Cassette includes three stickers.

    Artwork by Somnath Bhatt.

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Alkisah Versi Hitam is a radical deconstruction and reimagination of Indonesian duo Senyawa's most recent album Alkisah by Hamburg's Marc Richter aka Black To Comm. The original album was released to critical acclaim in February of this year as a decentralized release on a multitude of labels from all corners of the world, Germany’s Dekorder and Jordan's Drowned By Locals being two of them. Richter is now completely reinventing the original album from scratch by doing an almost Teo Macero-level production job here, cutting up the originals and (re)constructing new material from scratch.

Arcane chants and vocal cut-ups, fierce freeform percussion, grimy No Wave collage, monochrome drones exploding into multicolour streams, unearthly psychedelic Noise and sheer sonic mayhem, warped discordant rhythms between moments of calming beauty - it's never easy to digest but the outcome is both ecstatic and transcendental - never sounding anything less than a fully formed singular album.

Released on LP by Dekorder, and on cassette by Drowned By Locals.

"Alkisah is a dizzying eight-song suite about the revolution that’s possible when world powers collapse, built into a fun house of prog-rock, noise, metal and a little traditional chanting." (New York Times)

"The Indonesian duo’s seventh album is a thrilling, at times ecstatic serenade to the collapse of civilization." (Pitchfork)

"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." (Boomkat)

"In Sachen Dinglichkeit und Dringlichkeit wird es 2021 kaum ein Album mit diesem aufnehmen können." (Musikexpress)

BLACK TO COMM is the moniker of Hamburg composer/musician Marc Richter who is creating intricate multi-layered collage based works for labels like Thrill Jockey, Type and Dekorder. His 2019 album "Seven Horses For Seven Kings" revealed an increasingly angry, transcendental and fearless approach, attaining new levels of urgency through noise, volume, rhythm, repetition, atonality and beauty.

Jogjakarta’s SENYAWA embody the aural elements of traditional Indonesian music whilst exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions. Their music strikes a perfect balance between their avant-garde influences and cultural heritage to create truly contemporary Indonesian new music. Their sound is comprised of Rully Shabara’s deft extended vocal techniques punctuating the frenetic sounds of instrument builder, Wukir Suryadi’s modern-primitive instrumentation. Inventions like his handcrafted ‘Bamboo Spear’; a thick stem of bamboo strung up with percussive strips of the animal skin along side steel strings. Amplified it fuses elements of traditional Indonesian instrumentation with garage guitar distortion. Sonically dynamic, the instrument can be rhythmically percussive on one side whilst being melodically bowed and plucked on the other.

They have collaborated and performed with many notable musicians such as Stephen O'Malley of Sunn o))), Otomo Yoshide, KK Null, Keiji Haino, Rabih Beiani, Trevor Dunn, Greg Fox, Arrington De Dionysus, Melt Banana, Damo Suzuki and Oren Ambarchi.


released July 2, 2021

Wukir Suryadi: Custom-made instruments
Rully Shabara: Lyrics and vocals

Recorded by Iwan Karak at Eloprogo Arthouse in Magelang, Central Java, September 2020.
Rearranged, edited and mixed by Marc Richter in Hamburg, December 2020 to February 2021.
Mastered by Rashad Becker.

Artwork by Somnath Bhatt.
Alkisah Versi Hitam is a co-release with Dekorder.
This tape edition is a release by Drowned By Locals.



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Drowned By Locals Amman, Jordan

الصَوْت الخام غَيْر المُعالج للبَرَابِرَة قُطّاع الطُرُق والمُهَمَّشين والمُتَشَرِّدين والهَمَج، إلّا أن قُلُوبُهُم رَقِيقَة

𝙑𝙤𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙛𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙧𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙚𝙨, 𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙛𝙞𝙩𝙨, 𝙨𝙖𝙫𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙨 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙖𝙩 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩.

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