Non-mainstream music group Bonita & The Hus Band — it does not mean ‘husband,’ mind you; hus is a
German word which means ‘home’ — has just released its second album called Rumah (Home) and is currently on a national tour.
The album was released in December 2016 as a follow-up to its 2014 album Small Miracles. The members of the band are Bonita on vocals, Petrus Briyanto Adi on guitars, vocals and bass, Bharata Eli Gulo on drums and vocals as well as Jimmy Tobing on the saxophone. Prior to releasing two albums with the band, Bonita – the daughter of Indonesian singer Koes Hendratmo – had already released two solo albums (Bonita in 2003 and Laju in 2009). The band began playing in several cafés in Jakarta after coming together 2009.
Rumah, released by non-mainstream label Demajors Independent Music Industry, features seven full-length songs interspersed with six short interludes. The album was made between December 2015 and December 2016.
“We started to write new work after Small Miracles and we felt they had to be documented,” Bonita told The Jakarta Post at the Demajors office on Jalan Fatmawati, South Jakarta, during a recent interview.
As in Small Miracles, this album features a strong jazz and blues feel. However, in contrast to their 2014 output the new album is rich with surprises for the band’s longtime fans: lots of ethnic and Malay musical influence can be felt on tracks such as ‘Tekadku Ikhlas’ (My Determination is Sincere) and ‘Satu Hari Sebelum Esok’ (A Day Before Tomorrow).
Another innovation is Bonita’s singing style, which on this album relies heavily on notes in lower registers, as opposed the common use of higher registers on the previous album. She also adopts a calmer approach on this album, compared to the previous album where she showcased the full-power of her vocal abilities.
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