Hailing from Jakarta, Indonesia, alternative rock duo SCALLER have released their stunning second album ‘Noises & Clarity’, featuring previously released singles ‘Chaos & Order’, ‘Music All We Have’ & ‘Inside My Head’. The album marks Reney Karamoy & Stella Gareth musical journey, embracing honesty in lyrics writing and immediacy in composing without too much overdone production.
Many tracks in the album come from the band’s spontaneous approach of jamming in one room which led to more organic vibes but rich in dynamics with rock energy and no corrective or audio manipulation in post just like the old days. As an overall theme, lyrically, the album is an amalgamation of the duo’s personal train of thoughts, embracing noises inside their heads and trying to make peace with it because noises & clarity coexist. SCALLER describe this music as an articulation of resiliency and heroes’ journey, pursuing their personal enlightenment.
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Check out the video for ‘Music We All Have’ here:
TRACK BY TRACK
What Do You Want
This song is a fitting opening track for SCALLER’s sophomore album. The tracks sets the mood for the album by trying to make emotional connection with the audience for what’s coming up in the next track. The arrangement is minimalistic with acoustic guitars and a few synth lines that uplift the vocal melodies. Lyrically simple, yet intriguing with repetitively asking existential question wrapped in atmospheric elements at the end.
Born & Die
Lyrically this song talks about resiliency and embracing pain in life combined with gritty instrumental jam in the middle of the song that is drum, bass and guitar driven as SCALLER’s signature moment in arrangement. The track also features acoustic piano to add more organic and natural vibes in the track.
Concrete & Plastic
This track in the album features guitar and synth riffs as well as tasty drums chop with a little bit influence of krautrock’s steady build-up and climax point at the end.
Inside My Head
The third single from the album, this track offers sonically pleasing elements of live drums, riffin’ guitars and bass synthesizer with the right amount of grit and rawness in vocals.
Music All We Have
This track is the second single off the album. It’s a combination of crunchy guitars, melodious and honest vocals and dynamically rich arrangement in sonic spectrum.
What Tomorrow Holds
This track is a mixture of different elements in SCALLER’s musical direction. Starting with acoustic guitars and acoustic piano with organic drums, then a more aggressive guitar riff comes in the middle of the song to add richness of arrangement. Lyrically exploring fear of the unknown which is very human.
Chaos & Order
The first single from the album and an atmospheric track from SCALLER that features extended sonic landscape from guitars and synthesizer combined with strings element and drum beats. Accompanied by melodious vocal and philosophical lyric theme.
The closing track is the final piece that finishes the puzzle in the album. It starts with guitars and piano, followed up by lush vocal harmonies and rhythmically enticing drums that somehow has hints of sub-saharan groove. Lyrically romanticizing some photographs of people who shuffle in and out in our life.
The music of SCALLER is often described as alternative post-rock by the media, but having a myriad of sounds employing analog synthesizers and rhythmically tense guitars, leads SCALLER‘s music into a more complex ground.
They released an EP 1991 in 2013, featuring a classic ‘Live And Do’ and a full-length debut album Senses in 2017 with more distinguished tracks like ‘The Youth,’ ‘Upheaval,’ ‘Flair’ & ‘Move in Silence.’ The album peaked at 1st place in Rolling Stone Indonesia’s January chart and featured in top 20 album of 2017, positioned 3rd.
SCALLER gained more exposure in mid 2016. They were nominated as ‘Breakthrough Artist Of The Year‘ by Indonesian Choice Awards in 2016 and awarded ‘Rookie Of The Year‘ in 2017 by Rolling Stone Indonesia. Since then, the band have been headlining music festivals such as Soundrenaline, Synchronize Fest, We The Fest, Kickfest, Jakarta Fair and many more.
In 2019, the band went global. It all started by getting a direct invitation to showcase their music at MUSEXPO, Los Angeles (USA) in March. Although the performance didn’t happen due to VISA issues, their music was also heard in some countries in the Asia region and led them to play in Japan, August 2019. The following month, they played 3 shows in Singapore as part of one of the biggest music conference in South East Asia ‘Music Matters‘ and in November 2019 they were invited to do a showcase at ‘Bangkok Music City,’ Thailand
Reney Karamoy – Guitars, Co-lead Vocals, Drums Programming, Sampling, Production (all tracks)
Stella Gareth – Lead Vocals, Synthesizers, Keyboards, Additional Engineering, Visual Direction