The Trees and The Wild began playing shows around Jakarta’s independent music scene and with their minimalist and radio-friendly songs, the mainstream and record labels began to take notice.
Lil’ Fish Records, a burgeoning independent label owned by electronic musician Agus Sasongko, approached them about releasing their debut album with him after hearing the band’s tracks on it’s MySpace site. The band eventually signed with Lil’ Fish and started recording 10 songs for the album “Rasuk” (“Permeate”).
After the release of their debut album, Hertri Nur Pamungkas joined the group as a drummer in 2010. Soon after, Tyo Prasetya and Charita Utamy joined the group as bassist and vocalist, respectively, completing the line-up.
In 2009, the album “Rasuk” met with great critical acclaim, Junk Online gave the album “2009 Best Albums of South East Asia”, Rolling Stone also gave them “Best Local Album 2009”, and Timeout Jakarta dubbed the album as “Album of The Year 2009”. In 2011, TIME Magazine included them in their article, entitled “5 Bands to Watch in 2011”.
In 2010, the band, collaborating with Swargaloka Creative House and Dimas Wisnuwardono released a short documentary, entitled “Dua Tiang Tujuh Layar about the traditional Phinisi shipcrafting in Bulukumba, South Sulawesi.
The band started touring Indonesia intensively in Java and Sulawesi around 2009-2011. And in between, they toured the neighboring ASEAN countries such as Malaysia and Singapore, including five performances at The Esplanade’s annual Mosaic Music Festival in 2011 and 2012.
Currently, the band is writing for their second album, with a more Indonesian feel, planning to release it in 2013.
Vincent Moon released a Take Away Show of The Trees & The Wild, it was filmed during his South-East Asian trip last winter.
The Trees & The Wild – Empati Tamako (Official Audio)
The Trees & The Wild – Zaman, Zaman (Official Video)