27 March 2008
The Jakarta Post article about "Songs For A Shadow"
Here's a post about the album written by Paul Agusta for The Jakarta Post last year. It contains outdated info about the release dates but still is a good secondhand source about the album. :-)

The original article can be found here.


Jerome Kugan, a poet with a laptop and a guitar

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Sat, 09/22/2007 3:10 PM | Life

Paul F. Agusta

Welcome to Underground Hum, a new weekly column focusing on ASEAN region independent music with a special emphasis on the growing Indie music scene in Indonesia.

This column will alternate biweekly to give you in-depth coverage. The biweekly segments will be: 1. Main Stage: profiles and reviews of currently unsigned/unknown indie music acts that have gathered small followings but remain unnoticed by record executives and the public. 2. Reverb: news and updates from Indie music scenes in Indonesia and around the world; who's got a new album, who is recording, what gigs are coming up, and other buzz.

And now, on to our first installment of Underground Hum:

MAIN STAGE: Jerome Kugan, a poet with a laptop and a guitar

Jerome Kugan, who was born in Kota Kinabalu on Borneo, is a small man who is busy carving himself an ever-growing niche in the arts, not only in his homeland Malaysia, but internationally.

Poet, singer, songwriter, short-story writer, culture columnist and visual artist, Jerome is also cofounder of ""Trobadours KL"", an organization focused on promoting Malaysian singer-songwriters worldwide. In fact, his activities in Troubadours KL, have made him a sort of poster boy for the Malaysian singer/songwriter scene.

The truth is that this bespectacled young man, whose diverse inspirations include Bjork, David Sylvian, Bonnie ""Prince"" Billy, Kate Bush, Suzanne Vega and Tracy Chapman, has become so busy organizing and promoting gigs for other performers that his fans and friends have become worried that he has left his own music on the backburner far too long.

Although Jerome has never stopped performing around the region, including having the honor of opening for renowned Swedish singer/songwriter Jens Lekman in KL early this year, he has never before recorded a full album, always getting stuck in the middle before dropping everything to help other artists. The result of this on-again-off-again approach to recording has been just a smattering of songs found in compilations or online.

Needless to say, fans of this artist, who belts vocals (quickly bringing Jeff Buckley to mind) to the accompaniment of his laptop-produced John Vanderslice-esque mix of acoustic guitar and electronic beeps, blips and beats, have begun putting the pressure on for him to put up or shut up.

Because shutting up is the one thing he could never do, Jerome, who started playing music in 1996 at the age of 20 while he was studying in Australia, is now completing the tentatively titled Songs for a Shadow, an album spotlighting his trademark traditional Malay vibrato combined with strong lyrical content (highly reminiscent of Suzanne Vega in its reflective quality but very much his own). This album, which is due out early next year, will feature songs that examine varied subjects, ranging from a cynic's return to love (This Excellent Love) to the feeling of connectivity one gets when one lives fully in the present (Now I Know How it Feels), and tales of solitude and isolation packed with sociopolitical metaphors (Song for the Service Industry). For now, you can listen to Jerome Kugan on his Myspace page: myspace.com/jkugan or go to jeromekugan.blogspot.com Be sure to give him feedback on his music by leaving comments on his Myspace page.

That about does it for this week's Underground Hum. Don't forget to read next week's edition for the premiere installment of Reverb.

If you have any questions or suggestions for this column please contact JP's newest resident music geek at undergroundhum@yahoo.com

See you!


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