Saving the Best for The Last | Article by Indie Accent

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Saving the Best for the Last

Writer Valerie Dante

Cover Image from Boston Magazine

One of the things that makes an album great is the story it projects through the tracks. With that being said, the last song on an album ultimately has the last say and should make the listeners have a sense of closure. The final track shouldn’t be underestimated - just like the opening track, it has a lot of expectations weighing on its shoulder for whether or not this story will end as good as it begins. Here's a view last tracks on an album that did a great job at summing-up.

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Artificial’s “Solitary State” from Solitary State EP

Under Double Deer’s wing, young music producer Putra Fadhil or best known as Artificial launched his EP “Solitary State” in 2015. With five tracks infused with a heavy wave of electronic music, Artificial managed to maintain the hype throughout the whole album. The title track which happens to be the one that stands out the most had a little help from Indo’s very own pop soloist, Ben Sihombing. Besides, what makes this track great is that the music blends well with Ben’s pipes while managing to bulge out as well. Artificial successfully closed his EP with a bang.

Marco Marche’s “You and Your Shadow” from Warm House

As the title of their debut album goes, “Warm House” offers the warmth of their journey with a dash of folk and pop. “You and Your Shadow” is the ninth and final track of the album; it finished the record beautifully leaving the listeners with a hint of sweetness and an overall soothing feeling. The Jakarta’s acoustic duo has a similar sound with the likes of Endah n’ Rhesa or Banda Neira.

Mr. Sonjaya’s “Langgam Suminem (Reprise)” from Laras Sahaja

On June 16, 2015, Bandung band Mr. Sonjaya introduced their debut album “Laras Sahaja.” With a sharp pinch of acoustic folk, the album finished after almost three years in the making. Their songs tend to protest the world’s narrow view about love, how love is more than a romantic relationship between two people, love is an omnipresent force that’s in any relationship. Their last song, a reprise or a repeated passage in the music of the previous song titled “Langgam Suminem” is a restlessly heartfelt message from a mother to her child. The song title comes from the actual woman who sang (nyinden) in the song, Ceccilia Suminem. It’s such a unique sound, combining folk with a bit of Javanese culture, and the result is a song that appropriately gave closure to the album.

Jamila Woods’ “Way Up” from HEAVN

“HEAVN” talked about the transformation from a journey that it takes us throughout the tracks, and Woods beautifully summed it up with “Way Up.” A sort of anthem music with ethereal-like vocals and deep lyrics, the song can transcend its listener to another universe. This last track describes the wholeness of the album quite neatly, asserting Woods’ stance in saying that she is in a climate which she doesn’t belong. The singer-songwriter from Chicago released her debut solo album “HEAVN” on July 8, 2016. Moreover, the album is protest music that comes off with a sense of vulnerability rather than severity. In an interview with NPR, Woods explained that to her “HEAVN” was about evolving the notion of love and that includes self-love.

Hiatus Kaiyote’s “Building a Ladder” from Choose Your Weapon

The four-piece future soul band released their second album “Choose Your Weapon” back in 2015, jam-packed with 18 tracks filled with influences ranging from modern jazz, 1970s funk, samba, all with a touch of electric fusion. “Choose Your Weapon” isn’t only a feast for the ears, it also plays with your visual senses. Naomi “Nai Palm” Saafield, the woman behind Hiatus, tries to incorporate her stories and views into this album.

The last track, “Building a Ladder” started out smooth and slow, then in the second-half of the song the jazz, funk, and soul kicked in merging with Palm’s playful vocals. Just like any other song on the album, this track has poetic lyrics that portray a woman’s encounter with loss, anger, fear, and lust. Also, the track ended up being sampled on two of 2017 biggest releases: on Drake’s “More Life” intro and Kendrick Lamar’s “Duckworth” from “DAMN.” In an interview with Billboard, Palm admitted that the track almost didn’t make the final cut of the album. Luckily, the group decided to finish what they started even though she said they were already super exhausted.

Young the Giant’s “Home of the Strange” from Home of the Strange

The title track which is also the last track of Young the Giant’s latest album “Home of the Strange” kept this constant and persistent narrative that started the album. The idea of the album is about a place in between, somewhere Immigrants feel like they belong yet also feel like they’re left out the party. This last song maintained the album’s description of hope, fear, and belief of making a better life in America. It is released on August 12, 2016, before the American presidential race, but soon enough became political and relevant to recent conditions in the State. With nifty electronic sound effects and a touch of rock, the track reflects what it’s like to have an identity crisis. The track managed to finish the album well enough, without straying from its original storyline.