The South of the East

by Tenggara Trio

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Tenggara 04:24
Kelod Kangin 11:55
Kidul-wétan 08:04


The South of the East is the debut from the South-East Asian superband The Tenggara Trio. Featuring Ikbal S. Lubys from Yogyakarta, Dharma from Singaporean post-rock band The Observatory on electric guitar and Malaysian hard-blowing tenor saxophonist Yong Yandsen, the gamelan/noise/free jazz-inspired sounds of The Tenggara trio are a trance-inducing window into the diversity of the music scene in South-East Asia.

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Liner Notes
At times when I think about directions, geographical or otherwise, I wonder to whose reference I should take. Or should I even have a reference? How we had traditionally been defined to be the South, East or Southeast, will always be of a reference to a particular world order that's been set by a moribound ideology. But what if we started taking a position eviscerated of direction - to a fracture where every second is a middle moment? That's when we can begin appreciating and listening to something that is bereft of reference and colour. Hence, I am beginning to think that the music of Tenggara Trio is like that experience. Perhaps I am lucky enough to have probably seen them play live the most number of times. And each encounter left me with a strange liberating feeling - that feeling of being lost - and then constantly finding my way around through the coalescing yet distinct ayers of rhythm, atonality, familiarity and obscurity, to find myself, once again, lost with no further need for bearings. - Yuen Chee Wai, July 2018


released August 2, 2018

Yong Yandsen - Tenor Saxophone Ikbal S. Lubys - twisted-V electric guitar, efx and objects Dharma - electric guitar, efx and objects

Recording - Manji Hwang
Live Fact, Kuala Lumpur, 9 September 2017 Mixing and Mastering - Paul Timings
Cover Painting - Tey Beng Tze, Vibrant
Photo - Wong Yok Teng
Design - Fabrizio Gilardino
LaoBan 2018


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LaoBan Records is an independent Malaysian experimental music label. The label focuses on releasing improvised experimental music and serves to document a group of artists who have performed and developed together through exchanges made within South East Asia and beyond. ... more

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