Hi, this is Jeff. First of all, I'd like to clarify, after someone pointed out that people have seen reports (rumours) that Kekal has been completely inactive. That is not true. Starting next year, Kekal will be releasing brand-new tracks, and eventually a new album in 2018. Last August, a Facebook image was posted, about Kekal being 21 years (1995 - 2016). The years did not point about the lifespan of Kekal, it was simply Kekal being 21 years.
Now about Kekal's social media channels being inactive for awhile: The last person who normally takes care of the Kekal's Facebook page is no longer available, leaving myself as the only person, for now, who posts the news on the page, and I've been extremely busy since the beginning of 2016. I don't use Facebook often, barely use it in the personal level (I don't even have a Facebook app on my cellphone), so that adds to the inactivity of Kekal page for some months now.
You probably wonder what am I doing right now. Well, my wife and I have just relocated to another city in Canada since last month. We now live in Ottawa, a beautiful city in which we will definitely love and be proud with it. So far I haven't been able to continue writing and recording any new material just yet, but I plan to, this coming winter. However, many of the lyrics have been completely written, and Levi have taken some cool photos. So here I took a chance to go with the album cover!!! Yes, the album cover is done, and here it is: Deeper Underground.
The album's atmosphere will not be dark and somber. There might be some angry tunes to some extent, but overall tone is positive and full of life. We live in a broken world layered by major problems, another after another. Our same world that sits on a heavily abused Earth as well. It's so depressing just to think about these problems. Do we need to create another depressing energy with music? What we need is to create liberating energy instead, and that's the aim of Deeper Underground. Most of the songs say about navigating life through obstacles. I believe there's a light at the end of the tunnel, but we have to take the tunnel and go deeper and deeper underground, hit the rock bottom sometimes, and feel the pain without a doubt. There's no escape, we must face and continue moving forward in our own dark tunnel and to suffer in the process, but it's important to suffer well and to keep our hope intact, until we are able see the light.
The tentative song titles are "Root of All Evil", "Speed of God", "The Many Faces of Your Face", and of course "Deeper Underground". I have lyrics for those already and some other untitled songs, but no music yet, so I cannot tell what direction this album is going to turn, stylistically. Watch out for the first track "Root of All Evil" to be released sometime in 2017 (you will be able to download the mp3 for free or buy the lossless digital format), then the rest of the tracks would follow one at a time, until the full album release in 2018. Wish me luck on finishing this track first!
Before it's getting too long and boring, here I close with the excerpt of the lyrics from the title track:
“my refuge is here in deeper underground, a dreadful place where light is needed
better to seek mercy from down below, than conquer the world from up above”
Hi, this is Jeff. Just want to give a few updates here about the next Kekal album. The album will be entitled "Deeper Underground". The title came after the lyrics I wrote earlier this year, with principal notion that even if we feel we hit ‘the rock bottom’ during our journey in life, it doesn’t mean the ultimate defeat, as it can be a blessing in disguise, that enables us to understand and to explore that ‘rock bottom’ and find some useful and even interesting lessons. A kind of experience we would never get if we always roam the surface or fly high all the time.
There are so many things going on in my life right now, that I haven't been able to find the right time composing and recording the new material yet. Booooooo... Yes, it’s quite unfortunate, but I have written some lyrics now, and also did some very initial production mappings, like setting up guitar tones and so on. In terms of production method, the album will be more simple, and focusing on the sounds of individual instruments as opposed to putting so many things into the mix. I don't have any idea when the recording will start, but I hope the entire album will be finished and released sometime in 2018. Right now, I am trying to focus on the brighter side and generate positive attitude towards life in general, like putting dreams as goals that you may eventually achieve, rather than as forms of escapism and stop there and still be depressed. I've been listening to "A Dream for a Moment" and "Narrow Avenue" for quite some time again now, and to be honest, those songs have some kind of positive lyrics I am aiming to write for the new album.
This album will follow pretty much the same release process as with the latest album "Multilateral", with majority of tracks to be released individually as they are ready, before the album release date. So this means you can expect the first track to come out for digital download in 2017 or so, and then other tracks will follow, one at a time, over the course of 1 year until the album release date.
Last but not least, I'd like to thank those of you who asked the questions a while ago. My answers are already posted on Facebook on April 21. Thank you and have a great day..
I want to talk about this year. There’s so much to worry about in 2016.. 2015 was a rather bleak year -and we survived that, Thank God- but this year is going to be tough as well. You don’t need to follow all the conspiracy theories to really think that we’re getting closer and closer to a global meltdown and even a possible world-war. We are in a midst of a terrible economic downturn, bad relationships between nations, all the hateful and spiteful rifts among peoples in our society, the emphasis on differences, less tolerance, less respect towards fellow mankind, and the list goes on.
With all of these ugly things, you may want to question: is there really any significance for music at all? The answer is yes. We see our world suffers, we feel the pain ourselves, and music is some form of resistance, and even hope, that comes out from our pain. We’ve dreamed for a better place, better outcome - and music helps us to re-imagine these dreams. That’s why music is here to keep us sane, to keep us functioning as human.
I cannot promise when exactly will I start writing & recording music again, but hopefully sometime this year. I haven’t recorded anything new since the beginning of 2015, but this year I might come up with something interesting enough, that can eventually be released under Kekal banner. Fingers crossed. So don’t expect another Kekal album until 2018 the earliest.
The most anticipated 10th Kekal album "Multilateral" is now released! Started in July 2012, the album took more than 2 years to complete the production. "Multilateral" was made to celebrate Kekal's 20th anniversary.
More information about "Multilateral" including full album lyrics, information on how to buy lossless digital, order limited edition CD or cassette, individual artwork, streaming audio, free download tracks, etc. can be found on its special micro-site www.kekal.org/multilateral
9 out of 11 tracks are available for free download (320kbps mp3 format). If you wish to get the lossless audio formats (FLAC, ALAC) of the entire Multilateral album with 11 tracks, they are available on Kekal Bandcamp page for $5 USD. Download also includes a 12-page digital booklet. Click here to buy and download the album @ Bandcamp.
For the collectors in you, the physical formats (CD & cassette) of the album are also available, released by an independent record label based in Jakarta - Indonesia: Majemuk Records. These formats are strictly limited (CD is a limited deluxe-edition Digipak with unique packaging) accompanied with artwork & illustration by Levi Sianturi. To order the CD or Cassette, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will give you information on how to order (PayPal accepted). Please note the record label is based in Indonesia, so allow a few weeks for delivery.
Get the entire Kekal digital album discography (a bundle of 13 Kekal digital releases sold on Bandcamp incl. 10 full-length albums and 3 EPs) for only $22.50 USD! Yes, that's more than 50% off a-la carte price.
A great chance to check out the music of Kekal.
There are over 140 albums that have influenced both Kekal as a band and the musicians involved, from the early formation until now. These albums are posted on Kekal Facebook page.