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3.92 | 14 ratings | 2 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Stepping In (10:00)
2. Lain Parantina (9:10)
3. Harmologic (3:56)
4. What Would I Say (6:20)
5. For Once And Never (7:03)
6. Common League (3:53)
7. As Far As It Can Be (Jaco) (8:07)
8. 5, 6 (4:35)
9. Ari (6:51)

Total Time 59:55

Line-up / Musicians

Riza Arshad - Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Acoustic Piano, Synth, Sounds-capes
Tohpati - Guitar
Adhithya Pratama - Bass
Endang Ramdan - Sundanese Kendang Percussion (Left)
Erlan Suwardana - Sundanese Kendang Percussion (Right)
Cucu Kurnia - Assorted Metal Percussion

Releases information

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Label: Moonjune Records

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SIMAKDIALOG The 6th Story ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
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Review by kev rowland
4 stars SimakDialog, have been displaying their wares for twenty years, having been formed in Jakarta in 1993 by keyboard player and composer Riza Arshad. Since then the band have been bringing together many musical influences in a style that can truly be described as fusion, with classic jazz, psychedelia, world music and Indonesian influences all coming together in a musical form that is uniquely their own. At Riza's right hand is guitarist Tohpati, a band leader in his own right, and the two of them take the main melodic leads, sometimes sharing and at others just happily giving way to the others. But, while they are at the forefront of the sound, there is a great deal happening underneath the lead melody that makes the band what they are. Huge kudos must be given to bassist Adhithya Pratama as he provides warm support to what is happening, either by playing just the odd single not or complementing the melody with some complex runs of his own. But his main role is that of the bridge between the melody and the percussion, which gives simakDialog such a unique sound.

The band has not one or two percusionnist, but three, Endang Ramdan, Erlan Suwardana, and newest member, Cucu Kurnia, who combine together to provide complex rhythms and sounds that lift the melodies and structures of Riza and Tohpati to new heights. The more one plays this album, the more one realises just how important they are to the overall structure and arrangement, and while Riza's Fender Rhodes electric piano does sound strangely dated, it also fits in perfectly with what these guys are creating. This is music that somehow is incredibly immediate and welcoming, while at the same time being complex and heavily layered. I would love to see these guys play live as there is a real feeling of togetherness and ideas being bounced from each other, while at the same time there is a rigidity as they move along the piece, freedom within framework.

There are some great bands coming out of Indonesia, and simakDialog are one of the best of these. Yet again this is a wonderfully solid and enjoyable album, and one that can be recommended wholeheartedly.

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Indonesian band SIMAKDIALOG has to be described as a veteran band at this point I guess, with a history stretching back 21 years at the time of writing. They have been releasing albums steadily from 1995 and onwards, and their most recent production is "The 6th Story". As the title indicates, this is their sixth album; it was issued through Moonjune Records in 2013.

Harmonic melodies in smooth, soft and elegant arrangements planned and executed by an instrumental jazz rock band should summarize SimakDialog's fifth studio album and sixth release "The 6th Story" quite nicely. A production that should appeal to those who enjoy instrumental jazz rock of the elegant kind, without many rough edges, but with extensive and fairly elaborate percussion as a key ingredient.

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