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New Music Friday: MonoloQue brings Gamelan music into the 21st century and more new releases from this week

New Music Friday: MonoloQue brings Gamelan music into the 21st century and more new releases from this week

Sweet tunes

Text: Redzhanna Jazmin

Also new in this week: Billie Eilish releases the video for 'Lost Cause' and Indonesian singer Noui makes her debut

On the lookout for new tunes to add to your weekly playlist? We have a few suggestions: From 21st-century gamelan music to the official opener to your hot girl summer soundtrack, here are some local and global music releases to keep an ear out for!

MonoloQue & Orkes Gamelan Pahang Di Raja bring the gamelan into the 21st century with 'Gambuh Menyanyi'

Arguably the most interesting and dynamic release of this year (and, possibly, this century) is  'Gambuh Menyanyi', a collaborative single by MonoloQue and the Orkes Gamelan Pahang Di RajaFronted by ex-Butterfingers (1993 - 2009) member Loque, the musical outfit's latest project is a double-album entitled Lagu Perang (Bunyian Gamelan Abad Ke-21)—which roughly translates to Battle Cry (Gamelan Music for the 21st Century) in English.

The upcoming album reimagines Malaysian Gamelan music through the eyes of the modern age; a way to reintroduce the tradition to contemporary listeners and share the understanding of gamelan music with future generations of Malaysians.

Listen here:

Billie Eilish releases the video for her latest single, 'Lost Cause'

Eilish's new single is accompanied by a self-directed video that has given us all collective FOMO (oh, to be invited to Billie Eilish's sleepover...), and only serves to fan the flames of anticipation for her sophomore studio album, Happier Than Ever. Produced by Eilish's brother and long-time collaborator, Finneas, the laid-back track features Eilish's raspy, crooning voice front-and-centre as she seemingly slags off a good-for-nothing ex.

The new single follows the announcement of the 19-year-old's world tour, Happier Than Ever: The World Tour, which has already sold out its first leg across North America, Europe and the United Kingdom. 

Singer-songwriter Noui debuts with single 'Everytime We Fall featuring Heiakim'

If you're looking for new and upcoming talents, allow us to introduce Noui, a singer-songwriter with a passion for art and poetry. The Indonesian native has gone from posting covers on YouTube to kickstarting her music career with representation from Wonderland Records and Universal Music Indonesia.

Her dreamy, self-composed debut single, 'Everytime We Fall', features production by fellow Indonesian musician Heiakim, who rose to fame following his Google Translate songs.

Listen to the new single here.

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