Felix Martua

‘Falling in Love Like in Movies’ review: Nirina Zubir’s career masterpiece

Yandy Laurens’ romantic dramedy proves he's got the brain for filmmaking, though the heart belongs to his luminous leading lady

The story of Joyland Bali 2023 – in glorious pictures

From pop group GAC's comeback to M.I.A's marigold-made tiger stage prop, this is what happened at the spectacular music festival on Peninsula Island in Nusa Dua, Bali

Hindia: “There are so many things I despise in building a career in music and going through everything that I did”

Ahead of his performance at the festival Joyland Bali, the Indonesian singer-songwriter reflects on the post-pandemic return of live music and the bitterness that inspired his anticipated new album

‘Virgo and the Sparklings’ review: a necessary shot of adrenaline in the Bumilangit Cinematic Universe

After the disappointing first two entries in the BCU, Ody Harahap’s ‘Virgo and the Sparklings’ brings things back to basics, focusing on a simple, fun time.

Reikko: the Indonesian singer who channelled romantic trauma into a hyperpop reinvention

The R&B-turned-hyperpop artist chats with NME about the musical phases she had to go through to land at her debut EP ‘No More Feelings’

Head in the Clouds Jakarta 2022 review: Asian pride shines and sizzles

Most stars stuck the landing at 88rising’s Head In The Clouds debut in Southeast Asia, though a few got torched by the sun

We The Fest 2022 review: the Jakarta festival makes a safe, solid return

Predictable setlists and stellar headlining sets turn the festival's post-pandemic return into a well-balanced weekend

Caessaria: Indonesian newcomers crafting their own brand of fantasy pop

Indonesian fantasy pop band Caessaria take cues from the art of tarot reading to create emotive ethereal music on their debut EP ‘Halfstoria’. Words by: Felix Martua

Noui: Indonesian artist takes apart past trauma with understated, nocturnal pop

In First On, we introduce a shit-hot artist you’d have no doubt seen opening the bill for your favourite act. The Singapore-based Indonesian singer-songwriter Noui reckons with childhood horror and fantasy on debut EP ‘Innerchild’

Rock artist Morad debuts with bluesy album ‘About a Woman’: “Everything goes blank whenever I try to make pop music”

Finding inspiration in Led Zeppelin, Motown and Amy Winehouse, the Indonesian rock artist dives into heartbreak and lust on his first album