Event Review: Plasticine Jewel Mini Concert | Article by Indie Accent

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Event Review: Plasticine Jewel Mini Concert

By Nabil Argya Joesoef


With the proliferation of existing concert or gigs around us, Indie Accent try to gather the information about the event in the new section called, Indie Accent Event Review. We will give you information about the event that we have coverage. This section will cover the information about the event, the artists, as well as some photos of the events.


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Through their debut album, Jakarta based psychedelic rockers Circarama successfully crafted a charming tribute to the rock legends of yesteryear.

As described in the review before, Plasticine Jewel’s defining quality is perhaps its ability to showcase the group’s identity as the torchbearers to the old soul of rock and roll. Circarama are the masters of recreating the sound and aesthetic of older psych acts such as, Pink Floyd, The Doors, and Jefferson Airplane, but are they capable of tackling another, massively important pillar of classic rock, which is the blistering art of the live performance? Did they borrow trippy riffs and bright purple shirts or can they channel their idols on stage? Can they conjure up that old rock spirit in their performances? Can they deliver on stage? The answer is a definite hell yes.

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The Plasticine Jewel mini concert was held at the IFI Thamrin, in a seated theatre set up. People’s excitement was seen through an almost entirely seated theatre and positive expectations. Right from the beginning of the concert at 7.00 pm, people were hooked. The wonderful Sky Sucahyo opened the show, and it honestly felt that she could’ve been the main act. Through her mesmerising voice and delicate interpretations of poetry, she proved that she is more than just another singer with a ukulele. The concert’s perfect, crisp, clear sound set up helped as well. One of the highlights of her performance was “Lejar” a song about the trials of living away and alone for college, and “Doa Untuk Istri Ku” a song based on a professor’s poem about his late wife.

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Moving on to the main event, our modern hippie heavyweights indeed pulled no punches in delivering the perfect, psychedelic spectacle. Accompanied with a trippy LED backdrop, they played every song from their LP albeit in a different order, along with two covers including an energetic rendition of Father John Misty’s haunting political ballad, “Pure Comedy”. In two songs, they were accompanied by Erlangga Ishanders of Ramayana Soul, who of course, shreds the Sitar. Turning the hypothetical psych knob from an already high 8 to a sky level 11. Circarama is evidently well familiar with their material and well prepared for the concert, as everything pretty much ran smoothly. They delivered the softer tracks like “Sweet Shining” and “Since You Gone" as well as the more upbeat, rockers like “Apple Queen”. The most significant impression from their performance is that these guys’ concern was much more than just playing right. Instead, they were there to put on a show. They connected with the audience, and in a sense, they played with us, not for us. These were best shown in a little moment after a short break in which the bassist, who was eccentric and entertaining throughout, restarts the show by playing a little solo on the floor, right beside the audience seats. A reminiscent of maybe a young Jack Bruce, complete with the red Gibson bass. In that moment, the whole mini-concert was pure rock and roll.