Indonesia’s The Trees and the Wild have a sound that can tie your brain up in knots while you try to classify it, but it will always sooth your ears and lift your spirit.
The Trees & The Wild emerged in 2005 as a home-recording project by Remedy Waloni. In this period, with help from university classmates, which included high school friend Andra Kurniawan, he recorded and posted a number of tracks on Myspace. With Andra Kurniawan they later developed the initial tracks written by Remedy and the first incarnation of the band was born. In 2010 drummer Hertri Nur Pamungkas joined the group. Soon after, bassist Tyo Prasetya and singer Charita Utami joined the group, completing the line-up.
The band started touring Indonesia in Java and Sulawesi around 2009-2011. And in between, they toured the neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore, including five performances at The Esplanade’s annual Mosaic Music Festival in 2011 and Baybeats Festival in 2012. In 2011, TIME Magazine called the Jakarta-based the must see Asian band of 2011
In 2012 the band performed at the Urbanscapes Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany and the Monsters of Pop Festival in Tampere, Finland along with shows in Helsinki and Tallinn, Estonia. During this European tour the band released a limited EP entitled Tuah/Sebak.
At the end of 2012, the band was featured on Vincent Moon’s La Blogotheque Take Away Shows, it was filmed during his South-East Asian trip.
2014 saw the band opening for Deerhoof in Singapore. The band also performed at Niubi Festival in Helsinki, Finland.
On August 10, 2016, the band’s sophomore album, Zaman, Zaman was announced for release on September 16, 2016.They also released a video for the single Zaman, Zaman.
Zaman, Zaman was released on September 16, 2016, which went straight to No.1 on iTunes’ Alternative charts in Indonesia and was noted by many as a large stylistic shift for the band, which comprised a more atmospheric and experimental approach, and gained a reputation for entrancing and epic live shows with ambient post-rock elements, moody electronica, and more worldly influences.
The album received high appraisals from music magazines in the region and is considered one of the best Indonesian albums of 2016. Following the release, the band toured Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. The band also performed at Clockenflap Festival 2016 in Hong Kong.
In May 2017, The Trees & The Wild opened for Mew on their Asian Tour in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.