Summer Pops

Summer weather is our very favourite, the feeling of scattered rays hitting your skin, as you bask with a book beside a breezy window. All those long balmy days, soft summer winds and lazy nights, when it is so warm and steamy and nice.

We celebrates all the good things about the warmer months in town with endless icy treats, trips to the markets for sweet fruits, floral explosions, and impromptu road trips with all those cheerful sounds of pop songs in the backgrounds. All those lovely things are perfect to wile away the sunshine-filled season, and we thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of our take on summer-loves inspired that we can refer back to when we’re lying in our beds at night tossing and turning because it’s too hot to fall asleep. That’s not to say we do really have an urge with summer, despite all of its loveliness. We just tend to forget all of its perks when complaining about the tortuous, sweaty, and unpleasant heat.

Since the high-degree Celsius is inevitable, and it somehow worsen at night, we hope these catchy tunes will helps to forget that at some point. Best served with a fan ready on your bedside, a cold tall glass of ice tea or better yet, your favorite ice cream/stick with a working air-con right above your bed.

01. Clear Skies – Blueboy
02. Tangible Intangible – Fly Golden Eagle
03. Empty Nesters – Toro Y Moi
04. If It’s True – Yo La Tengo
05. Another Sunny Day – Belle and Sebastian
06. Anata Kara Toku E (Far Away From You) – Sachiko Kanenobu
07. La Prima Estate – Erlend Øye
08. Kampus Kemarau – White Shoes & The Couples Company
09. Lake Shore Drive – The Innocence Mission
10. Honey In The Sun – Camera Obscura
11. Heaven’s On Fire – The Radio Dept.
12. Don’t Wake The Dead – Guards
13. Take Me Somewhere – Tennis
14. Obscurity Knocks – Trashcan Sinatras
15. Honey Dove – Lee Fields
16. 벚꽃 엔딩 (Cherry Blossom Ending) – Busker Busker
17. Here’s Where The Story Ends – The Sundays
18. Hiding Tonight – Alex Turner


All music is for sampling purposes only, please buy the artists’ records & support them.

L. W. Hartono

Meet Lukie Widya Hartono, others called him Lukie. He’s my co-worker at work, so I’ve known him for 2 years now. He’s known for being a vocalist-guitarist of Spring Summer, a pop-ballad band from Bandung. Some of their songs featured on international music compilations, such as Series Two Compilation (USA) and Day to Embrace (THAI). They recently released their EP, “The Additional Ears” (my favorite track is “Small Things Act Like A Giant”).

He graduated from Interior Design major at ITENAS (and he became the first bachelor in interior design that graduated in just 4 years with a GPA above 3.45). He works daily as senior interior designer at House The House and owns a workshop that he inherit from his late father, speciality in wood-making (you can make chair, table, stool, etc made from wood). In his earlier year in college, he and his friend made Jogarworks, a design workshop speciality in wood and resin. One of their works is Minak Djinggo sculpture in Sukabumi, West Java.


“What makes me like this now is because of my father”.


Unlike other father-son stereotype relationship, he had a very special bond with his deceased father. His father taught him about life, love (he told us the story about how Lukie ends up having two girlfriends when he’s still in junior high, it’s all because of what his father did then), courage, truthfulness, and of course music. His father worked as an architect and one of his masterpiece is Preanger Hotel in Bandung, but he played as a bassist in his band back then. The first song his father taught him is Michelle by The Beatles.

Lukie has a dream to become a teacher, because he likes to teach kids anything like music, drawing, etc. For us he’s a very kind person, humorist and we could rely on him. We hope he could live up to his dream and will meet his plus-one as soon as possible, amen! :p

L. W. Hartono

L. W. Hartono

L. W. Hartono

L. W. Hartono

more photos (at Aru Studio) after the jump!