ANIMALOUBI, a different set of tunes

September 24, 2014


Way before there was an idea to do another album, I had already written and composed most of Musikku and Fanatic of You. So to compile a new album that’s supposed to sound different from the first one, I had to dig into my old notes. Voicenotes. Ideas had always been recorded in voice notes of my mobile phone. I already had the sketches and partial lyrics of Berkat Tuk Bertahan and Aquarius, but the rest are sketches without lyrics.

I really wanted to part with influence from John Mayer or Dave Matthews Band, so I got rid of any compositions with acoustic guitar. If you’re looking for the sounds of acoustic guitar like the ones in Where I Belong, I can assure you that you’ll be disappointed. I remembered back in 2009 after Where I Belong was launched, I had the idea that if I am to do another album, it will be songs with country tunes. Thank you, John, for stealing the idea,…. again. So yeah, I guess now you know why I really want to part with any influence I may have unawarely obtained from him. I realized that Raygava et al had been playing tunes from Van Hunt and Mamas Gun whenever we did a cover. Musikku was written with Justin in my head (the Timberlake one, not the Bieber), and Fanatic of You’s composition was written with Lenny Kravitz and Corinne Bailey Rae in the shadow. So yeah, I thought it’s just appropriate if I try to go into that direction.

I had to shut my ears and listen to only tunes from Van Hunt, Corinne Bailey Rae, Twin Shadow, Frank Ocean, Mamas Gun, Alice Smith, and the likes. I know it’s gonna resulted in something different altogether. With so many influence lingering in my head, it’s hard to get a result that’s highly similar with the original intention. Haha. But the songwriting process for Animaloubi is just so much fun. A lot of new songs really excited me. Ideas came flying immediately and I just translated it directly to any tunes I had in my head.

The first time I had the idea for Fanatic of You, back in 2009, I did it with a Kings of Convenience style guitar. It ended up taking its composition from Lenny and Corinne.

Ujung Sumatera was originally intended for a Rialto-style music, it ended up getting a lot of its composition from Frank Ocean. I originally wanted Secret of Letting Go to have a lot of Frank Ocean in it, it ended up sounding a bit like Jamie Cullum in the intro. That’s the fun part of writing and composing a song. You’ll never know what you’re going to get. When I wrote the lyrics for Cinta & Komplikasi, I was in Bali, so communications with Simhala had to be done using voice notes that was exchanged in chat messages. When we finally met to do the sketch, we already agreed on the lyric for the chorus part. I know he would have a lot of Justin Timberlake in his voice, so I asked him to show it in the song. I don’t know if any listener would notice, but Mesin Waktu is actually a song about iPod (or any portable music player), a device that would zone you out of reality and into another world whenever a song from the past is playing.

I really hope you enjoy the tracks in Animaloubi, it is intended to be fresher than the first album. The stories in the songs are also more positive. That is why the background cover is white, as opposed to the dark background of Where I Belong. Where I Belong represented tough times, times of searching. A time when being mellow-dramatic could help survive those youthful problems. Where I Belong was about myself, but Animaloubi is more about the world. How to perceive it calmer and wiser.