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4.36 | 5 ratings | 2 reviews | 60% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. This Spirit (9:26)
2. Throwing Words (12:39)
3. Sidewalk Stories (2:23)
4. Finding The Path (2:46)
5. All In A Day (11:00)
6. Promising Lands (2:06)
7. Bright Tomorrow (5:53)
8. Alternate Jeda (3:59)
9. Unfaded Hopes (7:51)
10. Arie's Theme (1:05)
11. Sampan (Sailboat) (9:09)

Total time 68:17

Line-up / Musicians

- Tohpati (Tohpati Aryo Hutomo) / acoustic guitar, electric guitar
- Riza Arshad / piano, keyboards
- Indro Hardjodikoro / bass
- Jalu D. Pratidina / kendang
- Endang Ramdan / Sundanese kendang, percussion
- Erlan Swardana / Sundanese kendang, kethuk, percussion
- Emy Tata / kanrang, kethuk, vocals

Releases information

CD (2002, Indonesia)

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Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars

Formed in 1993, simakDIALOG were an Indonesian fusion band who released their first album as along ago as 1995, with 'Trance/Mission' being their third in 2002. Throughout their career their music centred around the soloing and fluidity of the keyboard player Ravid Arshad and guitarist Tohpati, combined with local Gamelan music to create something that was incredibly accessible to Western ears, yet also stayed very true to their roots. The fluidity and melody of Ravid and Tohpati is incredible, relying far more on intricate runs than the use of chords, with each both being prepared to take the lead, duet with the other, or even take a total break from the music altogether. It isn't unusual to find one of them totally absent for long periods of time, just to give the other more space to move and breathe. Tohpati always makes me think of John McLaughlin, and strangely so does Ravid although he is playing keyboards, which is probably why they work so well together.

Ravid uses an electric organ to great effect on this album, with my favourite number probably 'Throwing Words' where Tohpati lets Ravid get on with it, until he comes back with a slightly distorted guitar which is totally at odds with what has been going on before, really shifting the timbre and style of music. Indro Hardjodikoro has a delicate touch on the bass, providing warmth and filling the gaps between the melody makers and the percussion. There are three guys playing a variety of Indonesian instruments that provide an authenticity and realism to the music, a total fusion not just of jazz and rock, but world music and the west.

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5 stars The Indonesian underground music scene is one that has gained quite the momentum over the last few decades. Of course what is played isn't restricted to a certain genre, but it should be noted that progressive music was heavily emphasized. Groups like Imanissimo and Discus emerged in the early 2 ... (read more)

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