Navicula just finished recording their 6th album. All of the material was recorded at Antida Studio in bali. The album was then mixed and mastered at Palu Studio in Jakarta by Mas Heru (aka Henk), a sound engineer from jakarta who is especially well known for his talent in mixing rock music. The title of Navicula’s new album is “Salto” which means ‘somersault’ in Indonesian. The somersault represents Navicula’s passion for music. The band was formed in 1996, their new album Salto is returning the spirit of the band to when they were first formed 12 years ago.
On the album Salto, navicula experiments with melodies, making hard songs sing. Something that is rough, yet still beautiful. The tone of the album is more natural, bringing them back to a grunge sound that is more primitive and pure. During the mixing process the band chose not to make the sound ‘perfect’, but to really bring out the raw sound, when listening to the album it’s as if you can almost smell the sweat.
The theme of the lyrics highlight issues such as environmental degradation and the negative effects of modernization in Indonesia, as well as optimism and hope for world peace. The overall message of the album can be explained with the lyrics of the track “Over Konsumsi”, which are “Selamatkan diri kita dari diri kita sendiri”, which translates as “Save ourselves from ourselves”. This may seem pessimistic, but it is time that we pay for what we have raped from nature. The problems and issues in the world today arise because of us and our greed, the only way to find a solution is to care together. What brings us together is love.