Alkisah Versi Hitam is a radical deconstruction and reimagination of Indonesian duo Senyawa's most recent album Alkisah by Hamburg's Marc Richter aka Black To Comm. The original album was released to critical acclaim in February of this year as a decentralized release on a multitude of labels from all corners of the world, Germany’s Dekorder and Jordan's Drowned By Locals being two of them. Richter is now completely reinventing the original album from scratch by doing an almost Teo Macero-level production job here, cutting up the originals and (re)constructing new material from scratch.
Arcane chants and vocal cut-ups, fierce freeform percussion, grimy No Wave collage, monochrome drones exploding into multicolour streams, unearthly psychedelic Noise and sheer sonic mayhem, warped discordant rhythms between moments of calming beauty - it's never easy to digest but the outcome is both ecstatic and transcendental - never sounding anything less than a fully formed singular album.
Released on LP by Dekorder, and on cassette by Drowned By Locals.
"Alkisah is a dizzying eight-song suite about the revolution that’s possible when world powers collapse, built into a fun house of prog-rock, noise, metal and a little traditional chanting." (New... more
released July 2, 2021
Wukir Suryadi: Custom-made instruments
Rully Shabara: Lyrics and vocals
Recorded by Iwan Karak at Eloprogo Arthouse in Magelang, Central Java, September 2020.
Rearranged, edited and mixed by Marc Richter in Hamburg, December 2020 to February 2021.
Mastered by Rashad Becker.
Artwork by Somnath Bhatt.