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World Music CD Reviews South Asia

Ariesta Birawa

By Jill Ettinger
Published April 27, 2007

Ariesta Birawa
Shadoks Music 051

Ah the ’70s. A time of horrendous fashion, but truly expansive visions of rock music’s possibilities, no matter one’s native culture. Hailing from Indonesia, Ariesta Birawa may never have made Pink Floyd and Ten Years After fans’ radar back in the day, but it’s never too late to revisit sounds from the golden decade. Heavy guitar solos, light keys, and drifty Indonesian vocals make Ariesta Birawa an exotic, appealing record, now re-mastered (original vinyl of this is one of the rarest collectibles for Asian music fans). “Si Ompong” kicks it off with a catchy upbeat hook (Santana influenced all the way), fading into King Crimson-esque melodic ballads. In The Court Of The Crimson King fans will definitely enjoy “Masa Depanmu,” “Will Never Die” and “Gadis Ayu.” It’s a fascinating journey back to the ’70s through a culture not necessarily known for pysch-rock music but with a clear passion for it.