Jakarta’s post-punk youngsters Camlann is releasing a new debut single “1983” from their upcoming sophomore album Circa 1983. Conveying a sense of longing for simpler times when everything felt magical and significant, “1983” showcases the trio’s fondness for 80’s dark synth-pop sound but with a certain lightness that transforms the tune into something romantic and danceable.
Nostalgia can be a powerful feeling, no matter how old you are. All three members of Camlann are still in high school, and yet in “1983,” they reminisce about what it is like being “young, wild and free,” something that most people do in the latter stage of their lives. Singer/guitarist, Ony Godfrey explains that the track is basically a conversation between two really close friends looking back into their glorious past, pining about what they have lost since.
Much like the sentimental nature of “1983”, the band also unashamedly pull their musical influences from the 80’s, an era where disco still rules the airwaves and a lot of alternative acts such as Joy Division, Xmal Deutschland and Depeche Mode became the new voice of restless youth. Blending all these influences into a sound of their own, “1983” is a perfect representation of where Camlann musically is at the moment: drum machines, melancholic synth lines, reverb-heavy guitars, and androgynous vocals.
After releasing their first full-length, The Forgotten Lost Fragments just over 6 months ago, Camlann is eager to move forward. Not abandoning their roots in the classic post-punk/darkwave sound, the band chose to grow and incorporate other elements to balance the darkness with the light.