Established in 2003, Santamonica is the brainchild of duo Joseph Saryuf and Anindita. Described their sound as the musical version of a trip down to Alice In Wonderland adventures, it is an eclectic mixture of pop, bossanova, electronic, and classic waltz which drawing influences from Astrud Gilberto, Antonio Jobim, My Bloody Valentine to classic Disney soundtracks.
Their music is distinguished by its multi-layered sound, Joseph's surreal guitar works and Anindita's unique voice and whimsical lyrics. These dynamic duo is also actively gracing various gigs and stages, gaining more followers with the bands unique sound and stage antics.
Santamonica had shifted their musical direction from bossa nova to an eclectic mixture of electro-pop, modern jazz. They described their new sound as the musical version of a trip down to Alice in Wonderland, when listeners can expect a roller coaster of musical journey accompanied with the band's trademark whimsical lyrics.
One month after the release, “Curiouser and Curiouser” received many positive reviews in local music magazines and websites, cited as one of “Best Album in 2007” from Trax Magazine (and Trax editors’ favorite albums in 2007), including a nomination as “Best Album in 2007” from Free! Magazine and a nomination at AMI Awards 2007 Indonesia as “Best Alternative Recordings 2006 -2007”. Rolling Stone Indonesia awarded Santamonica as “Best Breakthrough Artist in 2007” and “Curiouser and Curiouser” also received “Best Album for 2008”, and “The Best Album Packaging for 2008” from the same magazine.
Curiouser and Curiouser (standard edition), 2007
Special edition of Curiouser and Curiouser was released under Japanese label, JVC/Victor Entertainment, Inc in 2009 with some additional tracks and different artworks.