First of all, we hope that things are going well for all of you who are reading this. We’re a five-piece band called lightcraft (yes, that’s lightcraft with a lower-case ‘l’) and we hail all the way from Jakarta, the chaotic capital city of Indonesia. We got together during our university days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia due to a mutual infatuation for the concept of love, heartache, life in general and music, and we like to think that we specialise in crafting melancholic yet uplifting melodic and anthemic sounds that are guaranteed to either tug at your heartstrings or give you a second wind when you’re feeling a wee bit down. We count the likes of Snow Patrol, Athlete, Coldplay, Doves, The Boxer Rebellion and Feeder as some of our influences, although you really wouldn’t be able to tell when you hear us for the first time… or not (during our time in Malaysia, we’ve been described as “Asia’s very own Coldplay”, whatever that means).
We officially released our sophomore album, “Colours Of Joy”, earlier this year in January – five years after we came out with our debut album, “Losing Northern Lights”, way back in 2008 – which took about a year to complete, with recording sessions done in Jakarta, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We really don’t know how to describe the album in words, so either you give it a listen, or you can take (Singaporean pop culture blog) Power Of Pop’s word for it: “’Colours of Joy’, the sophomore album from Indonesian indie band lightcraft is quite the thing of beauty. Whilst its live dynamic is waves of shoegazey dreamy noise pop, the sonic agenda on this album is more lilting, more subtle and ultimately more graceful.” Interested? Check out the links below, or find it on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and more.
At the moment, we’re focusing all our efforts on promoting “Colours Of Joy”, as well as writing new songs for the next one. We’ve been performing a few new ones at recent gigs, and reception has been… decent, which is a good thing, right? We just realised one of our biggest dreams recently, which is to perform at this year’s edition of Singapore’s prestigious annual Baybeats Festival. Hopefully, after being given the honour of appearing in AMBY by Alicia and co, we could achieve another one of our dreams and play for you in Canada. Fingers crossed!
Take care, our newfound friends, and be safe!
lightcraft (Imam, Fari, Enrico, Kiki, and Yovie)
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout