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The best moment in the song comes when Francis felt completely defenseless to his intense emotions despite the effort to harbor a relaxed, carefree vibe. Held in dazed gasps, he could only murmur “you don’t have the right to find me” and do away with any grand gesture of melancholy to hide from the world that he’s hurting inside, bleeding in the deep as the music swells in moody calmness and lush, orchestral ambience.
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Equally great are the compelling verses delivered by some of the country’s most respected MCs, from Syke’s graceful, vintage flow to Bambu’s well-articulated hustle. Their contributions somehow propelled the track with added resonance, its meaning transcending over arena-rock guitars and amped up fuzz.
The official clip for Nouvul’s R&B come-on “Hopes Up,” basks in the retro vibe of ‘90s computer games, indirectly paying tribute to one’s good old childhood. As much as the treatment revolves around Jorge Wieneke seemingly focused on his computer screen, there lies the motive that got him inspired to complete the game: he needs to fight through hell and mud to save his princess, played by the lovely and svelte Miki Hahn, who in return, also sings over the actual track. It all plays out like the antithesis to the radio cult hit “Dota o ako,” minus the legit patok-jeepney mix. Watch it:
June 11, 2013
Count “Nature Trips” as another addition to Eyedress’ long list of low-budge but slick-looking vids. Helmed by Bee Eyes’ Julius Valledor, it features Idris Vicuna’s real life girlfriend, Maya Kibbel as the waifish, big-eyed muse who makes fun of herself at the camera, treasuring every moment like it’s the last. Nothing really special here, but Maya’s gawky charisma and quirks can razzle a sensitive gents’ feelings without even trying. The video looks specifically made for her, about her—an MPDG turned real life sweetheart of your dreams. Watch it below:
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It’s in this aloof kind of charm that makes people like me appreciate The Geeks. On “The View (Stalker Song),” they channel adolescent feelings with words that chug god-awful truthfulness in every heartbeat; its wistful guitars and minimal drums bared in its wimpy California glow. "It hurts that it’s over, you know,” Jam repeats and tosses off his beaten emotions down the drain. His frustrations, hopeless and intense, lingers just as you were about to freeze any attempts to revive old memories. Too bad, it would take time before you pull your ears away from its mopey sentiments.
June 6, 2013
This complete acid trip is captivating in its quite possibly nonsensical sense. But stripped off its fractal plot, the video offers a beguiling entertainment that sets beauty apart from madness, brewing cinematic magic that’s bound to mystify, exasperate, and leave a bittersweet taste in the end. Watch the video below:
June 3, 2013
Gone are the days when chillwave, electro-pop and other related bedroom projects find exclusivity in obscure music blogs, fading into oblivion the next week after. Now, its domain is available in wider varieties, thus catering to even the most finicky palates. But what appeals the most and what sets the best apart from the rest is when one capitalizes on a very unique style defined by his or her personal tastes. It might be a mix of influences, trends, technological innovation - all sculpted into a distinct form of its kind. And when you listen to No Rome, it sounds like a montage of your teenage years wrapped in his own twisted afterglow.
One might catalog his EP, Fantasy as K-Pop-slash-electro-slash-bubblegum-pop faddy, and it's completely fine. But that doesn't take away the fact that at first listen, it brings back nostalgic feelings of harmless firsts. Puppy love, first kiss, all these uncomplicated phases of our lives documented in a youthful, zesty take.
Fantasy opens into a mellow foray with “2k5,” a hallmark soundscape that dabs on lush pads and supple ambient flourish, setting the Asianwave tone of the record. The remaining 3 songs are signature No Rome: melodically rich and injected with youthful vibe. Splashed with skippy grooves and darted bass, “Tru Feelings” is the best track to shimmy to all night long, pumping bright colors from its woozy millennial ambition. Title-track “Fantasy” frolics into a light-hearted love song glazed with poppy bleeps and chimes. It also features samples from the hit Korean series, The Princess Hours. And then there's a swooping quality in the Zeon Gomez-assisted “Don't Let Go” that makes it the perfect closing track, with its swirly synths and slushy beats taking all the flirting to its final base.
Rome's first 'blondeelectro' offering is still raw. But time after time, many have proven that rawness does not equate to mediocrity. And so this is why even at this point, we won't be surprised if this young man wins in the next beatsmith skirmish. B
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Reinterpreting the golden years of slow jams with detached prettiness, Jorge expands his repertoire with songs that might attract mainstream listeners who aren’t drawn to the sleek, lo-fi mutations of R&B: liquid and fragmented downtempo beats, wafting electronic tones, rhythmic counterpoints and all that Miguel-meets-Gaye quirks. His debut EP TwinFlames works on this premise, hard and cold, emphasizing the searing pain and joy of adolescent relationships while beating it under a sonic sculpture. Skeptics who still can’t get pass the trendiness of its bedroom production might dismiss this record as lacking in personality, even pick on the alienating approach that shaped its muddle of washed-out soundscapes and experimental energies. But unlike the bandwagon fetishisms of most releases filed under “drugged R&B”, Jorge makes accessible jams that weave impeccably through smoke and haze.
On “TheyDreamLady” and “Wayu” Jorge breathes new life as a pillow-talking gentleman taking on slow, seductive numbers that have more bump-and-grind feel to it than contemporary bluster. And while his production often lives up to the throwback breeziness and slink of R&B records in the 90s, the songs always connect with surprising amount of staying power and emotional sticking points.
Miki Hahn, who shares her languorous sweet vocals on three tracks (“Hopes Up,” “VIP,” and “EndofDay”), sounds great on slow-burning anthems developed with darker, more atmospheric strain. Her velvety singing, stuffed with melismatic sultriness and restraint, plateaus softly as it transitions from one beat to another, never too forced to peak that easily. It makes perfect sense that Jorge is careful not to overrun Miki’s vocal affectations with his trademark fractious production. After all, the inner beauty of these tracks lies on how calm and soothing Miki’s voice is, and a clever producer should know how to exhaust such quality to fuller effect.
Over the course of half an hour, TwinFlames churns lush, spacious bedroom jams that push the limitations of R&B to narcotic stretch. Jorge’s treatment on his new record doesn’t even come close to groundbreaking, but his efforts take it a step further to soothing extremes, enticing us back for a few more rounds. B+
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As a solo performer, Ifrit makes use of his voice as a keening, somber instrument that renders haunting evocations of Anthony and the Johnsons or Paul Buchanan—admittedly two of his personal heroes in music. There was never a moment of restraint and moderation; only cabaret transmissions from a mournful elegy sung in confessional, spine-tingling outbursts.
“Anam Kyra,” Ifrit’s debut track finds him unearthing the ghosts of his past, trying to redeem his soul in the many layers of tension and achingly beautiful, orchestral lushness. What stands out about Ifrit is how he was able to evoke fragility even from a neo-classicist standpoint, cutting this close to the bone the moment he opens his diaphragm and lets his soulful lament invade the open air. The last two minutes of the song, is where he loosens up like a primitive shaman mantracizing otherworldly ills with a desire to seek redemption. His voice fills us with hope for better things to come, a languid mediation imbibed with the rightful amount of sadness and divinity.
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Bearing the bluest heartbreak ever confessed, “Balewalang Pag-ibig” feels like a product of diarist sentiments exposed in the most beautiful of ways. The banduria flourishes and introspective, lush arrangements exude timelessness that reverts back to the stylistic tendencies of John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band. But it’s the words behind the song, fleetingly alluring and captivating from start to finish, that holds everything together as it should be.
May 24, 2013
There’s something beguilingly perverse about the nakedness that comes in when KZ sings, raspy and expressive, rife with its own character. She’s more than an interpreter who fakes dramatic conceit with note-perfect emotions. If in real life she’s indeed a happy person, she seems to extract the opposite on recording: one song she can be that grand dame articulating brutal confessionals of withered love with preciseness and crackle, the other she channels hopelessness with a vulnerable bluesy snarl that renders it the more heartfelt.
While the last two decades have brought along modern torch singers who have relied so much on copying the melismatic drawl of Mariah Carey and went to as far as imbibing the artificial power belting of divas Regine Velasquez and Celine Dion, none was as original and chilling as KZ Tandingan’s gritty soul, which surprisingly her producers at Star Records bankrolled on at their own (profit-making) risk.
Dressed up with organic but modern production that conveys her authenticity, KZ Tandingan’s self-titled debut album is an actual thing of beauty and pain, a straight-up commercial record riddled with soul siren feistiness, power ballad swoon, and jazzy, lighter-than-air bounce. Unlike her contemporaries, KZ’s strength lies on how she convincingly interprets these spirited songs that we can all relate to, into something bigger than life with fervor and fire. She also makes it a point to go beyond plaintive emoting, owning moments within songs word per word, sometimes struggling to move out from the emotional attachment. “Puro Laro” seems fit in this mold: a big soulful ballad that casts KZ as the scorned lover who wants to get things right. Backed with a soaring chorus that pierces the heart even further as it builds and blasts, the song challenges its listeners to hear and feel the pain her way. Same can also be said on “Bakit Lumuluha”—a wounded follow-up that for all its earnestness reveals all that can be found in every failed relationship.
Another standout, “Un-Love You” shows KZ Tandingan holding on to a confidence-joltiing weeper with a rockier edge that brings to mind Kelly Clarkson or Pink. Here, she sounds pissed at a controlled pace, but as the power chords, dramatic strings and crashing drums overlay in the chorus, you’ll notice the intensity that she interweaves into the grit, almost battling the ferociousness of every bleeding note with hint of irony and sarcasm.
Despite having the tendency to go for melodramatic overkill, the producers, headed by Jonathan Manalo, made it a point to expose KZ’s versatility as a singer, throwing in some lite-Motown twirl on “Love Love Love,” neo-bossa on “Umiibig,” and poignant piano ballad on “Scared To Death.” In another singer’s hands, this might seem like a heavy undertaking, a sugarcoated fluff lacking the emotions and attitude to pull it off. KZ proves that she can knock down these show-stopping songs and make it rather difficult for anyone to break into her level. B+
May 23, 2013
Exploring the fringes between experimental trappings and accessibility, Rome folds in a few more layers of Giorgio Moroder throb, heavy reverb, and droning psychedelic synths to evoke a pretty singular mix of yearning and hopelessness, but more than the stylistic overhauls that radiate in the background, the real highlight of this particular track is the songwriting, which for all its juvenilia, showed his vulnerable, emotional side.
“Time isn’t always a favor, a battle we all have to fight,” he intimates over a heavily filtered, chillwave groove that eventually slurs into washes of echoes and ambient drown. Things start to get interesting when Rome flaunts his emotions on the dancefloor with an enduring guise—drinks spilled on shirt, stomping wildly to the beat until the feeling momentarily wears out and haunts. Exploring this path might be a lucrative option, but leave it to Rome when it comes to leaving the audience wanting for more.
May 22, 2013
What draws me the most about Justin’s own take of the song is the transition, the slow build from unkempt electro-chill flourish to the last minute of gurgling, pulsing house thump. And somewhere midway in the clubland paradise, as JDG’s about to locate the climactic pleasures of the original, he loses it to the floor and pulls off his own idiosyncratic elements that had us salivating for more. Bring your homies and beat this track to the ground:
Justin De Guzman’s awesome take on “40 Winks” is part of Spazzkid’s Desire Remix album to be released soon. For more details visit his bandcamp page.
May 20, 2013
On their new track “Rough Skies,” FFW have successfully translated the smooth jazz vibe of their live performances into recording, putting their own breezy intonations to the brew. Its silken groove moves freely from one accent to another, and in a matter of minutes, cocoons into a bright-eyed improvisational earworm that you wish won’t stop.
And with all due respect to a lot of jazz musicians out there, its’ pretty refreshing to listen to the rubbery basslines, earthy drum beats, funky guitar solos and warm keyboard tones that veer towards self-indulgence, and instead provide a one-of-a-kind sparkle that suits the velvet optimism of the song. And Mimic—what can I say? She has reasserted herself as one the most promising voices in the emerging local music. Her understated, keening voice is sophisticated in its own little way, and I love that she’s more in control than ever. via ndfy.me
But it’s Isa Añiga’s lilting coos that pretty much gave the song its much-needed sunlight. She sings as if her voice is destined to be the world’s only centerpiece—beautiful, almost unreal, floating in wherever the gentle whirl takes it. John Uy of ATL on the other hand, holds everything together, without ever breaking. The beats and minimalist post-rock build he drops, never too empowering, are executed with just the right amount of finesse and subtlety. Download the track here.
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Restrained dynamically, perhaps the most notable change in Hana is the warmth and breeze that she conveys when she sings around twinkly keyboards and synthesized horns. Her growing confidence both as singer-songwriter and producer is palpable, and on “Stephen,” you can hear her embracing artistic leaps forward, bolstered by her unique personality rustling through and through the song. Download it here.
May 10, 2013
Working for or against it, Franco’s sophomore album, Soul Adventurer threads on similar waters: the kind of anthemic rock sprawl hidden under a wash of infectious sing-alongs and power chord stompers. In the case of “To Survive,” “Better Days,” “Moonset,” and “A Beautiful Diversion”—it works, and even finds the band harnessing a particularly introspective mood. However, there are times that Franco’s stadium aspirations tend to overwhelm. The ambitious gestures downplay moments where he could have been more tender and nuanced; leaving us sometimes with schmaltzy, life-affirming pronouncements quite short of sincerity.
But don’t get me wrong. Soul Adventurer is a compelling modern rock release, and delivers the sonic hugeness that we’ve come to expect from arguably one of the country’s most popular rock icons of the last 5 years. While there’s some sort of heavy-handedness in the way Franco inject his own vulnerability, you could sense from a distance that’s he’s willing to compromise between experimental and pedestrian tastes, often making songs that go beyond satisfying its core audience.
“Lover's Fire,” with its minimalist R&B inflections and slowly seductive grooves provides a refreshing undertow that can’t be shaken for weeks and months. Opener “To Survive” and “A Beautiful Diversion” could rival first single “Better Days” in terms of chart longevity and pomp, wrapping the inner workings of love, life and religion with triumphant and emotional ballast. The rest of the songs range from good to middling, executed with rockstar confidence that cuts across class and ages. B
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Which is the case on this remix.
James Ussher, the newest addition to the berth of Buwan Buwan Collective's artists, dotted the original with a more lavish approach. It opens with a sloshed tinker and wobbled hook, which is when you'll know this is a good song to listen to as an alternative to its more upbeat original. Layered with sparse synths and spurious glitches, it flourishes into a cathartic arrangement - just the right amount to make it the more affable, laid-back, and 'no tears' version. via Mary Christine Galang
May 7, 2013
The EP opens with the two-punch knockouts “Movements” and “Taxi Taxi,” both spaced-out ambient jams layered with haunting vocal arrangements and lush, digital burbles. It’s fascinating to hear Michael’s pitched up vocals stretched to gorgeously vertiginous effect; somehow, it contributes to the esoteric earnestness of the record, which so much reminds me of Purity Ring and Grimes. The pace slows down a bit with “Freedom,” a grainy, witch house experiment built around glockenspiels, ambient samples, ghostly hushes and noise. I personally prefer not including this track on the EP, as it sounds more like unnecessary clutter than an actual song.
On a positive note, the Cebu-based IDM/glitch-pop duo picks up with “Everyone’s The Same” and gloriously marches toward vibrancy and androgyny, all at equal swing, channeling Claire Boucher’s elfish mannerisms to strangely heavenly result. Rotsanjani complements Michael’s airy vocal gymnastics just as he gamely exposes their kaleidoscopic pop sensibilities in between tension and breeze, with the desire to do something more in touch with dreams than reality. The last track, “Hear Me” surprisingly ends the cryptic chasms of KaapiN’s debut EP with a warmer, more structured indie-pop luminacy, camouflaged like the lone crossover track that alternative radio might consider playing.
All in all, KaapiN is in for some great start, with innovative sonic sketches at play. And in today’s Soundcloud era, post-internet pop landscape, they were able to embrace electronic music trends effortlessly while also shredding some layers of it, making a record so recognizably theirs that it’s hard not to get smitten by its traces of inherent charisma and oddity. B+
You can stream the entire EP below via ndfy.me, and puchase the tracks on the duo's official bandcamp site.
May 5, 2013
Equally compelling is Raw Mf, who displays a better grip to his abilities, sliding effortlessly from one beat to another. With skill and artistry displayed to striking effect, RH Xanders and Raw Mf prove that there’s more to blog-era rap than experimental fetishisms.
May 2, 2013
You can tell they’re aiming to live by the moment. And with “Parachutes,” Gaijin take the fun side of making music to a higher level, treating every experience as if it’s the last barbecue party this summer.
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Child/ren of the Pilgrimage
Archaic; April 27, 2013
Summer, nostalgia, daydreaming—Child/ren of the Pilgrimage’s sonic stamp has created some of the most colorful moments in the local indie scene last year and just the thought of them releasing bunch of songs in the future, makes the giddy in me explode. And guess what? Tonight, Jep Cruz and friends will be parading their latest effort under Terno Recordings entitled Archaic, and will feature transcendent pop gems that feels in its own way beautiful and brave.
Don’t Bogart The Can...Man!
Due late 2013
The Strangeness’ indie pop alter-ego, Don’t Bogart The Can...Man! is on the process of picking the right songs for their still-untitled debut album to be released on the latter part of this year. “With Bogart, we started recording last year but we scrapped everything because we wanted to do everything by ourselves, at our own pace. Different circumstances lead to different (and hopefully better) outcomes,” Francis Cabal shares to this writer. We can’t wait for these guys to translate their sadcore shambles and yacht-rock sensibilities into recording, because based on the preview of “Fizzy Good Make Feel Nice” alone, you'd hint that these guys are up to something huge and special.
“Triphop is out,” and so Drip declared. With Beng Calma-Alcazaren and beathsmith Ian Magbanua's photos in the studio circulating on Instagram, we can’t help but gush around and get stoked, especially after learning that the duo decided to break away from the flighty, ethereal triphop vibe of their previous two albums in favor of a brand new sound.
Eyedress x Skint Eastwood
Hearing Colours (international re-release); TBD
Rumors have it that Idris Vicuna and XL Recordings, the iconic culprit behind the mainstream crossover success of indie acts Vampire Weekend, Adele, and The xx, are currently in talks of distributing the synth-pop nostalgist’s debut album, Hearing Colours. If plans push through, as confirmed by Eyedress himself, the re-release of his first international record will include 12 tracks —6 from Eyedress and 6 from Skint.
Farewell Fair Weather
Self-titled; May 8, 2013
As full-time students of UST Conservatory of Music, Farewell Fair Weather are pretty much a diversion from the classical music leanings that they continue to nurture at present time. Mic and gang channels an eclectic mix of R&B, post-rock, jazz, funk and blues, sometimes done in breathtakingly improvisational strut. Good news is that finally, we’ll be hearing their songs on recording, as they embark on releasing an all-original composition via Artiste Connect. If you want to help these kids to put up their debut album soon, feel free to click here.
Aside from their fun and feisty take on riot grrrl punk, what I’m most excited about Flying Ipis’ debut record is that Gaijan Production Squad—Raimund Marasigan, Jesse Grinter, and Shinji Tanaka—took up their producer role seriously on the fearless feminists’ new album. Few months ago, the trio of producers/sound lab experts served as instrument to Yen Constantino’s transformation from confessional pop-rock darling to a confident, classy alt star with a great material to take pride of.
KZ Tandingan; May 2013
Her stellar rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life” and Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” at The X Factor Philippines live shows was definitely hard to ignore. And judging her television performances, KZ Tandingan could come off as a quirky, confident talent with a voice so brassy and soulful; it could cast a spell on you. The 21-year old Digos native is set to release her debut album under Star Records, and before you dismiss anything that has to do with her label, better think twice. In-house producer Jonathan Manalo told this writer that KZ’s team is cooking an all-original material for the young lass, making sure that it veers away from the formulaic Teleserye balladry that her contemporaries are known for.
Due August/September 2013
There were plenty of local Soundcloud demos to go around last year, but nothing sounds as beautifully rustic and warm as Library Kids’ live recording of “A Quiet Walk Outside”—a modern reimagining of Simon and Garfunkel that reeks of rich, pastoral melodies and gorgeous harmonies. It’s great to hear that the indie-folk duo is currently finishing new songs for their upcoming EP, which according to Ridge Tan himself, will be “comprised of 6 songs.”
It doesn’t seem fair to make a roundup of the most exciting releases of 2013 without mentioning Armi Millare’s solo venture. Yes, you heard it right: the Up Dharma Down muse will be unleashing her singer-songwriter shamanisms as the Koto-plucking, ambient-soul banshee, Munro. No dates have been confirmed yet as regards to her new record, but just recently, Armi debuted new songs from her upcoming project at the Toe Live In Manila concert.
Twin Flames, due May 2013
Outside Similar Objects, Jorge Wieneke has successfully displayed his urban chops with new solo project, Nouvul. Inspired by ‘90s New Jack Swing, R&B Slow Jams, and the current wave of PBR&B introduced by the likes of The Weeknd and How To Dress Well, Nouvul’s debut EP, Twin Flames is expected to drop sometime soon, featuring tracks such as the smooth-as-Frappe banger “Daydream Lady” and the Miki Hahn-assisted “VIP.”
Halang, due late 2013
Art-rock foursome The Purplechickens will be holed up in the studio real soon to finish their 3rd album, tentatively titled, Halang. Aldus Santos told Vandals that the entire album is being produced by Kakoy Legaspi, and will feature songs written in the local vernacular. The Manox frontman also cited Bobby Balingit and The Wuds as inspiration, and went on to divulge that the influence was more on the “subject matter and content,” and not the sound.
Due May 2013
First introduced into the cyberspace with the earworm spinster “Dance With Me,” Rome Gomez is currently working on new songs for his debut album to be released this May. As of press time, the young glo-fi producer is involved on several projects under the Young Liquid Gang posse, collaborating with upcoming indie acts such as Spirit Ocean and Soul_brk.
We had too much post-rock music for the last two years that releasing another one in the similarly veined trope could get a beating from people who have gotten tired of the same old formula. Despite this, Terno Recordings is persistent as ever in building up post/math-rock darlings Pulso as one of the genre’s most promising acts, geared on supporting the release of their debut album to be released sometime this year.
Radioactive Sago Project
Hailed as one of the best OPM albums of the last decade, 2007’s Tangina mo! Ang Daming Nagugutom sa Mundo Fashionista ka pa rin showed Sago’s subversive, vaudevillian punk ambition at its most genre-defying mold, coming off more as an entertaining record that dares to poke fun at our capitalist excesses and greed rather than a spectacle of socio-political drama that leans on the preachy side. Toti Dalmacion hinted on his twitter account the possibility of RASP releasing their fourth album this year. It’s been 6 years, and despite the last album being a tough act to follow, we’re kinda sure that they’ll be doing yet another sweeping, all-embracing huge record set to break our expectations.
Yeah, you heard it right. Slow Hello will soon be unfurling their charming indie-pop songs from its original lo-fi incarnations. Their debut album is almost finished, and will feature old favorites such as “Cold Turkey.”
Sheila and The Insects
Now signed to Lilystars Records, veteran post-punk act Sheila and The Insects have recently toured inside and outside the country to promote their first single “Pretty Loser.” No details have been circulated as of the moment regarding their upcoming releases, but we’re a hundred percent sure it’s gonna kick ass, the way their last album Flowerfish did, 8 years ago.
The Strange Creatures
Due December 2013
Every so often, stars align and a new band comes out from nowhere, releasing a stellar debut single that’s so relatable and goddamn good, the next thing you need to know is the exact date of when they’ll be releasing all the songs stored in the hidden treasure throve. If developments are to be considered, it looks like The Strange Creatures are right on track, busy on writing, practicing and recording the songs that will fill up their upcoming album. Jon Tamayo of TSC hinted that they’ll be releasing their debut album either December of this year or early next year, but we’re positive that they’ll finish everything on time.
Due late 2013
“We're gunning for around 13 tracks, and going all-out alt-country this time around, less garage rock more roots music. We've already road-tested a few songs live,” Francis Cabal shares to Vandals in a recent chat. If new songs at gigs are to be considered, The Strangeness’ follow-up to the critically acclaimed EP, Jesus Camp might lean towards a more intimate Americana route with influences ranging from Johnny Cash to Uncle Tupelo.
May 10, 2013
This summer has had its share of promising debuts, and Womb is most likely one of those hotly anticipated bands slated to release their new album, Anesthesiac in a few weeks’ time. If you dig chillout, triphop, and downtempo electronica, then better mark your calendars as this trio from Cebu launches the goods this May 10!
With acclaimed R&B/pop producer Dan Gil on board, expect Uela Basco’s solo record to drop like a smooth, baby-making banger meant to soundtrack your lonely nights, whether you’re alone in your room or in the club. Early this year, the soul crooner teased us with “Love is What You Do”—a brand new track featuring Artstrong and Rye, inarguably two of the most exciting urban acts that we have now.
While nothing has leaked yet from Yolanda Moon’s camp, we’re a hundred and one percent sure that their debut album under Toti Dalmacion’s Terno Recordings will rock and ripple the cosmopolitan tides soon, at least based from what I’ve heard of, from the early incarnation of their songs at their Soundcloud page. And mind you, songs like “Path,” “73” and “Small Talk” are enough to attest to their strength as a band, with their enchanting take on indie rock ready to explode and swivel at beautifully understated twists and turns.
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April 26, 2013
What’s more remarkable is how effortlessly Joey constructs Cali-surf grooves and Gallic synths around patches of a heartbreak lament. And when he mantracizes his feelings, “Missing the way that you look, have you forgotten?”—it felt like he wants to get lost in the middle of the ocean and stay there for weeks, trying to recall the heartbreaking encounter while his mind is off to some distant club thump, pouring his weary heart on the disco floor. Download the track here.