Jakarta-based music group, Derau, just released a new song on June 29, 2019. This is their first release since Boundaries, their first EP four years ago, on March 2015. The single, entitled “Long Haul (Befall)” itself was released digitally on various music streaming services. Along with the single, they also released a music video for the song on their respective YouTube channel on August 16, 2019.
The group consists of Jordi Farhansyah (Guitar/Vocal), Rizky Hidayat (Drum), Fahri Ali Imran (Piano/Synth), and Muchamad Aditya Rachmanto (Bass). Formed since 2012, Derau tried to combine noisy post-rock music, ambient, and contemporary classical music that have become their trademark since the beginning.
With the song, they aim to tell a feeling of emptiness that often haunts someone after having a pleasant and memorable experience, but they must return to a boring routine. This often causes us as human beings to feel more alienated from themselves in their activities.
To capture this feeling, Derau tries to explain it through post-vacation blues or post-travel depression phenomenon that often haunts many people after returning from a long vacation.
“In a world where many people think vacation is so valuable, post-travel depression is real. Especially when the vacation that we went through was a memorable one. Through this music video, we try to capture the feeling of ’emptiness’ once realize they have returned to their mundane routine that tends to be boring,” said Jordi.
Jordi also added that this emptiness sometimes makes people trapped by strong feelings of nostalgia, even in some cases can cause depression. Where one way to overcome them is by reconnecting with the closest people who have stopped by in our life scenarios.
The music video for “Long Haul (Befall)” was directed by Ario Nuswantoro and starred by Malsa Nirmala. The idea of this story was originally also made by Ario and developed based on the discussion with the band’s members.