Artist: Hikari Todo
Label: Sailboat Records, 2014
Hikari Todo is a solo project of young Indonesian musician, Emil Prakertia Raji. This is the second EP since he first released debut EP in 2012, Light Stays. In this EP, he comes up with minimalist instrumental composition. Simple music with only one song has lyric, while the strings and trumpet covering the ambient more dramatic somehow.
For me, this is another step of development of Hikari Todo. I love this album personally. I would love to talk about how the song 'Dua-Dua (Twenty Two)' begins with ambient of rain and car door closed before the sound of foot-step walking complete the picture in mind: someone gets out from the car in a rainy day to say happy birthday to his dream girl, or run away from her. Yes, you can easily know this is a song about saying happy birthday because this is the only song with lyric inside, so you can read. I fell in love with your shadow/collusion, this is as far as I have chased you, and now you have turned twenty two/happy birthday, I am wishing you happiness. That's all the lyric. Simple yet turned to be emotional when it comes to peak of dynamic.
The previous track, the first one, is simpler than it. Only electric guitar and string all along the song. The fourth track has a taste of post-harcore/screamo. The song called 'Untitled' begins with acoustic guitar and drum before electric melody apeears in the middle, get higher and higher like what post-rock usually does. This EP closed with a slow-tempo song 'Pulang' which is only acoustic guitar playing within, and the most interesting part of this song is the clapping hand from only one person.
Minimalist and simple would be the best to describe this whole album. Just give a listen on Sailboat Records bandcamp or buy the CD if it is still in the stock. They only made one hundred copies, and numbered. My number is fifteen. Final words, I tell you, maybe like the EP title, Hikari Todo is trying to tell us how to enjoy something uncomplicated. The more I tell you about this EP by writing bullshit of review, the more you get far away from the simpicity.