If you see the name Kyoto Protocol on a gig poster, you’d already know the kind of joy they can bring to the table: the 3-man dance during ‘Pussycat’, the occasionally-quirky cover of Men at Work’s ‘Down Under’, the not-so-dangdut version of ‘Rindu’, and loud singalongs for ‘Jelita’ and ‘Gimme Nothing’. A good time is a guaranteed to come out of the Kyoto camp, but an emotional one?
The track ‘Now You’re Gone’ was taken from their second record release Catch These Men, and was originally buried by their mighty fast-paced tracks, especially ‘Still Alive’, ‘Indispensable’ and ‘KL I Love You’. Being the hidden gem of the album, the band decided to give the song the treatment that it truly deserves – a heartfelt music video that we can all relate to. Directed by Adriana Tunku, the music video sets the bar high in getting listeners to genuinely feel sadness with its hauntingly intimate setting and excellent color-grading.
Personally, ‘Now You’re Gone’ is Kyoto Protocol’s best song yet in terms of its lyrics and hooks. Aside from their hard-wired alternative rock side, Kyoto Protocol unleashed a side that we knew exist in them – a side that we’ve all wanted to connect to. It hits home when Fuad sings ‘you still haunt me everyday’ repeatedly till the end of the song, a line that may echo in our heads in possible future heartbreaks.
If you have lost someone special, this song might bring you back to those days but if you’re currently going through a rough patch with your loved one, it might not be too late to fix things. Watch ‘Now You’re Gone’ here: