There is this Dutch saying: 'all good things come fast.' But I don't think even Satria Karsono would have dared to dream that he would be rocking the Winter Castlefest stage with his own band Sunfire , only 10 months after doing his first solo concert as a support act for Thundercrow .
Nor would he have expected that ALL the major Dutch fantasy festivals would be queuing up to book his band for the 2018 season. Whether you will be visiting Elfia , Zomerfolk or Castlefest, there is no escaping the western folk sounds of Sunfire. And you might bump in to them on a lot of other Dutch festivals as well. 2018 is starting to look like a break through year for this young band.
Sunfire already visited the CeltCast living room and the song Yoyo was our February 2018 monthly marker . So it's high time we finally introduce Satria's music in a CD review.
We first picked up on Satria Karsono's music when he released the mini CD Endorphine
under the artist name Satria Sunfire in 2014. It is a beautiful 6 track album that showcases Satria as a gifted singer-songwriter and guitarist. His style can be described as laid back acoustic music, with a warm soulful voice and good lyrics, reminding me a bit of Jack Johnson
. It kinda feels like friends sharing life stories while drinking good wine around a campfire. Endorphine
was brought out as a download album only. Although officially no longer promoted, you can still find it in the archives of the good old internet if you want to.
In February of 2017 Satria did his first solo performance at the Thundercrow release party, for their CD Drop It
. He played old material from his Endorphine
Mini CD and gave us a taste of the new songs that were released on Sunfire
soon after. This is his first -and for the time being only- full length solo CD. Satria recorded it with the help of old friend and sound engineer Berend de Vries. But even before officially releasing Sunfire
, Satria already told us he wanted to bring a band together to promote the CD and work on new material.
In the summer of 2017 Sunfire did some small shows as a full band for the first time, with Satria on vocals, guitar and percussion; Berend de Vries on (solo) guitar and Michel Beeckman on bass.… Read More