April 27, 2013

20 Most Anticipated OPM Albums of 2013

Need something to look forward to this summer? Below, we’ve compiled 20 of the most anticipated OPM albums scheduled for 2013/early 2014 release. We’re planning to put up a calendar of local releases soon—EP or full-length, digital format or physical CDs, cassette tape or vinyl. But while the initiative is still on developmental stage, here’s a list that will keep every music enthusiast interested in the coming days, weeks, and months.

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.



Drip
TBD

“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.



Flying Ipis
TBD

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
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.



Library Kids
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.”



Munro
TBD

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.



Nouvul
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.”



The Purplechickens
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.



No Rome
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.



Pulso
TBD

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
TBD

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.



Slow Hello
TBD

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
TBD

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.



The Strangeness
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.



Womb
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!



Uela
TBD
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.



Yolanda Moon
TBD

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

NEW TRACK: DJ Joey Santos - "Sunset Waves"

DJ Joey Santos rides on post-chillwave phenom with the breezy infectiousness of a yacht harbor cruise in the Pacific. His debut single “Sunset Waves” is more heart than feel, steering us into a coastal love affair that eventually dissolves into pixelated memories.

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.

April 24, 2013

NEW VIDEO: June Marieezy x Pasta Groove - "Align" (Sune Campaign)

At some point, the fashion and music realm has to meet at an intersection, rubbing each other’s expertise to one another. So it doesn’t come across as little surprise when Tropical clothing line, Sune commissioned eccentric urban producer Pasta Groove and R&B singer June Marieezy collab track “Align” as the music for their latest video campaign. Renowned Spanish model Fatima Rabago graced the video as the lovely muse snuggling at the pool and pretty much every corner of the house, styled like a classy damsel you’ll fall in love with, in an instant. Watch the video below:

ALBUM REVIEW: Rivermaya - Panatang Makabanda (2013)

You can’t tell Rivermaya what to do. After decades of what could be an eternity of lineup changes and label issues, they’ve weathered a hurricane of challenges that put each individual character to test, and despite the backlash, they still don’t give an "F" about what you think about them. Just recently, Universal Records recruited post-Bamboo, post-Blanco, post-the-guy-we-never-cared-about Rivermaya to join its roster of talents, which includes Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee and Sponge Cola.

And like any other band struggling to uphold their legacy, the rest of what’s left in Rivermaya seems one in servitude of doing an album that would hopefully rekindle the fuel and spark of their previous successes, especially after Rico Blanco departed the band in 2007, when they seemingly were at the height of conquering Southeast Asia with the pan-cultural crossover success of hit singles “You’ll Be Safe Here” and “Balisong.” Unfortunately though, their newest album Panatang Makabanda—also their 12th record and first in four years—doesn’t have the anthemic impact and ambition of what made Trip, Atomic Bomb, It’s Not Easy Being Green, Free, Tuloy Ang Ligaya and Between The Stars And Waves, a critical and commercial frontrunner in the OPM world for the last two decades, next in line to the impact that has gotten The Eraserheads their place in the upper echelons of pop culture behemoths.

Not that the auteur figure in Mark Escueta, the lone original member of the iconic 1994 lineup, is being held in question or that this record isn’t just made for these tough, challenging times. In fact, Panatang Makabanda still sounds inarguably, a classic Rivermaya record: sprawling alt-rock tunes with ear-catching pop sensibilities perfect for CHR radio, packed with choruses that would charm us in complete awe and glee as we walk from one destination to another. But there are things that don’t matter the second, third, and nth time around. Panatang Makabanda, with all its understated gloss and open-hearted blow, lacks the charisma of old Rivermaya albums, its spirit somehow enervated and dragged into uninspired lows.

It’s what made supposedly good songs “Tayo” and “Magic Wand” fall under the prey of patchiness, failing to deliver on its early promise of brilliance. Opener “Pilipinas, Kailan Ka Magigising,” another forced attempt to revive ‘Maya’s surging, stadium-sized drawl of an optimist anthem, is completely derailed by the annoying tendency to sound huge and relevant. The Gloc 9-assisted track “Nasa Sa’yo” and the Earth-bound funk mess of “The Better One,” on the other hand, feels completely out of place, lumped in between more solemn songs. And in a sweep of surprise, Rivermaya ends Panatang Makabanda with a track called “Paalam.” How predictable.

There are few pleasant surprises though. “Song About You,” glistened in sunshine lilt, allows the band to play around with three-part harmonies and beautifully placed guitar-piano melodies, almost delivering subliminal energies that echo Simon and Garfunkel at their loosest. It’s also difficult to ignore the slacker power-pop jabs of “Can’t Hide It Anymore”—a strength that they could exhaust further, if they still happen to continue making music bearing the same band moniker. Other than that, the album seems like a work waiting to be in progress, trying to operate under the circumstances of wanting to stay relevant, with tons of pressure in mind.  C  

April 23, 2013

NEW TRACK: The Strange Creatures - "Stargazer"

Moonstruck with first-wave ‘80s indie pop lurking beneath all the crystalline surface, The Strange Creatures’ debut single "Stargazer" creates a calm-after-the-storm presence into which sparkling boy-girl harmonies sail and emit a blissful lullaby worth sleeping to. Towards the middle, its delicate nuances, indelible hooks, and catchy guitar-pop instrumentation lean towards jovial pop immediacy, one that sticks for weeks and gets stripped into sweet-smelling vapor after. There’s a lot of love in the air with this release, and everybody seems feeling it, from the first note up to the last jangle. Stream it below:

April 22, 2013

NEW VIDEO: Child/ren of the Pilgrimage - "Changes"

It’s not like Jep Cruz didn't have anything planned for the follow-up single to the summer-soaked ringer "Apostolic Dominique Fire," given the well-deserved praise it has earned upon its internet release last year. At the height of the band’s growing online buzz, Toti Dalmacion of Terno Recordings took notice of their effervescent take on nostalgia and pop music, and eventually offered them a record deal they couldn’t resist. The result, after numerous meetings and gig invites, is the debut album called Archaic—a brimming collection of hazy, laidback-as-afternoon music that felt like it was directly ripped from someone’s diary.

“Changes,” with its disarming simplicity and Banduria-backed strumming, fits the bill as the band’s new single off their upcoming Terno release. As usual, Jep’s pure songwriting talent and velvety approach towards songs captivate and breathe with so much color here, a proof that their songcraft remains intact and vibrant. While not as sweepingly affecting as “Apostolic Dominique Fire,” its lo-fi charm is something worth revisiting, winding around in circles while taking on heaps of gauze and indelible guitar-pop melodies. Watch the video below:

April 18, 2013

NEW TRACK: Red-i Feat. Dott Seki - "Unreal"

Aesthetic-wise, Red-i and Dott Seki gravitates towards completely varying directions, with the former slithering in and out of dub’s layered soundscapes and the latter sculpting the stiff, glacial foundation of shoegaze music at a stoned pace. Imagine how weird, and at a certain degree, confrontational the end product would be, when these two artists collaborate and challenge each other’s competencies.

On “Unreal,” the two mines a murky, avant-garde space dub anthem out of swarming textures and synthetic sounds, providing the timely soundtrack to moments of loneliness and ethereal insanity. Dott sings, dazed and lost, hopeless of the future that will unfold. “The zombies are coming, run for your life,” he repeats in omen-like fashion, haunted even more by Red-I’s flurry of pulsing industrial brood and dub beats. Whether they’re watching too much George Romero or The Walking Dead is none of our business. At their most imaginative, Red-I and Dott Sekki teaches us a thing or two about the impending apocalypse. Better be prepared.

April 17, 2013

NEW TRACK: Read Between The Lions - "As Soon As The Show Is Over"

By the first hook alone, “As Soon As The Show Is Over” seems to be gunning for that huge, Billboard-splashing crossover, reminding us of how good it felt like, revisiting classic alt gems from the ‘90s. With its snarly pop-rock sound and stadium-sized ambitions, the new Read Between The Lions' anthem leaves us with something fun and easy to listen to, bursting with summer euphoria that just never ends. Stream the track below:

April 16, 2013

NEW TRACK: Skymarines - "Pixelated Adventure"

It’s exciting to hear Skymarines try new things and still come up with an irresistible blend of minimalist daydream-pop. Judging from the pulsating pop hooks and perky melodies of “Pixelated Adventures,” Isa shares the tenderness and close-to-home intimacy of her previous songs, and still makes music that drifts above frostbitten air. Except this time around, she wants to clearly distinguish herself from the rest of the pact, ready to implement stylized sparseness and slinky after-dark moments with a more confident take. Download the track here.

April 15, 2013

NEW TRACK: ProcopioKillsAll - "His Doucheness"

ProcopioKillsAll’s new track “His Doucheness” straddles in between funeral doom and transgressive noise, making graveyard dance music for metalheads to bang their heads and crash into. It spews wasteland venom in no time, with its direction rolling around the industrial ring of fire, abrasive and about to burn everything it touches above ground. But there’s something about Brucher Owens Barbarian’s refreshing take on post-apocalyptic electronic music meets thrash hardcore chaos that transcends all Gravity Kills/Ministry/Skinny Puppy comparisons. His new single, despite being clouded by similar aesthetics, has few fresh ideas worth returning to, drilling a heavy sound through digitized vocals and grunt soundscapes without trying too hard.

April 12, 2013

NEW TRACK: Spirit Ocean - "Always"

Somewhere in the sunny side, Spirit Ocean basks in reverb-heavy indie pop, celebrating the youthful mischief of summer love at its most vibrant. Their new single “Always,” off their upcoming sophomore EP Adolescent Summer, gives us a taste of their understated mumblecore sensibilities: confectioner’s synth melodies that roll on moon and above, catchy choruses that swivel in Technicolor bursts, and moon-eyed, girl-boy harmonies perfectly constructed around a romantic arc. It takes a third listen to enjoy their colorfully bricolaged take on teen-pop, and for what it’s worth—it sticks for days and weeks, that you’d find it difficult to stay away from its charms and hooks. Download it here.

April 11, 2013

NEW TRACK: Archaster - "I Love You More Than Summertime"

Archaster’s new track “I Love You More Than Summertime” can be likened to a warm embrace at the end of a long drive, filtered with ambrosial slow-mos for cinematic effect. It’s a love song dipped in summery sadcore downers, with its prominent guitar-and-keyboard melodies adding spectral weight to its romantic nostalgia theme.

But it isn’t all roses and sweets. Francis' words, fumed with bittersweet and aching tone despite the mesmeric romanticism pinned down on every word and phrase, occasionally leaves something to be sad of. Even at his most romantic, he makes it a point to inspire a pensive kind of melancholy, paired with a soft pastoral glow that shimmers as it cuts and bruises. Download the track here.

April 10, 2013

NEW TRACK: Pasta Groove Feat. Kat Agarrado - "Slowly Losing Me"

If, like us, you’ve made it a daily habit to scour the Internet for the best new local music (which in this day and age, isn’t too hard to do so), you’ve certainly familiarized yourself with Pasta Groove, the brainchild of Paolo Garcia. His repertoire includes the art of seamlessly blending his distinct, lofty style with any and every type of music possible – sans the gimmickry. Whether it’s a slow nocturnal ballad, a disco-pop funk classic, rap, or filler words even, it always ends up as a mesmerizing, soul-driven product.

So it’s almost preposterous to read that his new track, "Slowly Losing Me", is just a ‘rough draft’. The ensnaring undertones slither along jazz and soul and embellish the passionate discontent of a scorned woman, flawlessly executed by SinoSikat’s Kat Agarrado. ‘Sultry’ is often used to describe Kat Agarrado’s silky vocals – the woman embodies the word so much that anything with her voice in it is hypnotizing. But what makes it more brilliant is the contrast between the smooth, bluesy vibe and backups courtesy of Parallel Uno, making it an aesthetically clever track that contours neo soul and hip hop elements into one unabashed number. via Mary Christine Galang

April 8, 2013

NEW TRACK: FXXXYBLNT - "Sleep of the Lovers"

FXXXYBLNT returns with a mood-heavy banger that studies colors and contrasts between glo-fi and IDM, R&B and ghost music. On his second single, “Sleep of the Lovers,” the downtempo producer tries to explore the coldest reaches of space, submerging into liquid beats while unearthing every possible murmur there is, in the deepest part of the ocean. This time, his direction is more atmosphere-driven than details-specific, with a soft pulse floating through a dreamy synth riff, endlessly going nowhere from here and beyond. Stream the track below:

April 6, 2013

NEW TRACK: The Geeks - "Again"

Is that Ciudad? No, son, it’s not.

The Geeks, Jam Lorenzo’s debut bedroom project owes it so much to Mikey Amistoso’s scrubbed up twee-punk—lo-fi and sparse, emotions stored in the cabinet for days, and gets through with it in a solo garage set with 5-6 people watching. His new track “Again” finds him digging the softer, gentler vibe of early Ciudad releases, hauling down the attic for that one breakup song that comes in the form of laid-back, summer-strummy golly.

But really, it’s the sound and feel that matters. Jam sings comfortably on downers as he pleads, “you know I’d like to have you back.” And from there, the song reveals layers of diarist melancholy, moments that pull you closer and closer to where it’s heading to. And when you get to the center of it, the song’s charm never wanes. It only becomes more and more apparent, its artifice turned into something pure and meaningful.

via ndfy.me

April 5, 2013

NEW TRACK: The Sleepyheads - "Feeling Called Love" (Wire Cover)

Pure garage goodness. At least this is how I would describe the Sleepyheads' take on Wire's "Feeling Called Love." The song perfectly sounds just like the band covering it: DIY, slighty criminal, new wave. The Sleepyheads were able to take the smug 1977 English post-punk classic into an embellished and refreshing saunter, ever so slightly veering away from the refined art of bootlicking the original. And perhaps this is what you'd normally expect from the Sleepyheads: a bit of raucousness and a cacophony of raw energy to garble the warm, fuzzy notions and feelings involving love. via Klaris Chua



The Sleepyheads' Wire tribute album, Three Boy​-​Rhumba is available for download here.

NEW TRACK: Clarence Garcia - "Reset #2"

Clarence Garcia’s new track “Reset #1” was a stretch of atmospheric guitar work that builds up from nimble echoes, dramatic pedal  stomps, and then ends in the same way it began. However, he decided to start differently on his new track “Reset #2,” setting the mood with a booming bass march and delayed reverb effects. Its forcefulness amplifies by the second, sparing no hollow moment all throughout the track. Whereas the first one is comparable to the calm before the storm, this one is like a strong current of waves crashing relentlessly against rocky shores.

The riffs are compelling, bigger, and more ambitious than anything we’ve heard from Garcia, whether from his stint as tide/edit’s lead guitarist, or from working in his previous solo releases. It paces down at the middle, just enough for you to synchronize your own breathing to its rhythm. Then the tempo sprints again in one last climactic sweep.

The third part is currently in the works, and if there is anything that we can conclude from the first two, it is that the track promises no abatement of intensity, and if anything, makes us catch our breath more. via Mary Christine Galang

April 3, 2013

NEW TRACK: Autotelic - "Misteryoso"

It’s difficult to find anyone who doesn’t harbor some affection for Autotelic, especially with their brand of heart-swelling synth pop that sounds comfortably familiar and close to home. Sure, they borrow heavily from bands like Tears For Fears and Pet Shop Boys, but they make it sound every inch and smell, Pinoy—digging more into local sensibilities meant to mirror who they actually are as a person, and how proud they are it.

It’s that odd twist that makes their debut single “Misteryoso” so relatable and easy to love. Rather than sporting weird 80’s ‘do with a slight edge of post-punk rebellion, they reinterpret retro gloss with an earthy, emotional shine—mining truthfulness in the way they write songs, leaving us nothing but soaring choruses, ringing guitar riffs, pulsating basslines, synth wails and a story about a man smitten by a lady’s charm.

Here, the synth-and-electro blocks buildup engage in long and fleeting valleys, tooting out blasts of romantic shimmer that gesture towards that thing called “heavenly feeling.” But it’s the earnest lyrics that soar above everything else; its inherent simplicity says something about what love can offer even at its most basic, purest form.

via ndfy.me

April 2, 2013

NEW TRACK: The Valiant Vermin - "Ethereal Moonrise"

The Young Liquid Gang invasion is officially in full swing this year. From No Rome’s clubby chill-pop debut to Spirit Ocean’s introverted twee, the collective has been releasing one fantastic internet jam after another—never stopping for a breather. Add their latest recruit, Bettina Campomanes a.k.a. The Valiant Vermin into the growing roster of independent-minded, forward-thinking bedroom acts that explore inspiration right across the coastal fringes of the beach.

As pop music gets softer, blurrier, and more washed out in places you’d never imagined, The Valiant Vermin drops another mood-transforming summer jam that makes retro ‘80s pop chic sound cool and trendy. But that’s not all: her new single “Ethereal Moonrise,” aside from benefitting from this wobbly aesthetic-- synth-pop melody, woozy electronic textures and vinyl crackle—shows her ability to write twisted lyrics completely at odds with the bouncy, euphoric high that her music brings. This time, she gets inside the head of an obsessed lover with homicidal thoughts, probably hurt and alone. Yet despite the dark central figure, her new single comes kicking in and sweeping all the sugar there is. Pumped Up Kicks rewritten in pure indie pop fashion? Probably more than that. Download the track here.

April 1, 2013

NEW VIDEO: Sandwich - "Back For More"

The long wait for a brand new Sandwich material is over. Raimund Marasigan and friends are definitely back with a new single called “Back For More,” dangling in our faces their ability to make catchy, sun-surfed rock anthems that reflect how good they sound, both on recording and live performance.

The first single from their 7th album Fat, Salt & Flame is so much fun and abrasive to listen to, delivering hook-laden pop with unapologetic brashness. Sure, it screeches and screams like a bubblegum spewed in a mosh pit, but it’s also the kind of song you won’t be surprised to hear on mainstream radio, pulling off a chart smash, perhaps in a few weeks’ time. Veteran music video director RA Rivera helms the black and white video of “Back For More,” copping a carefree performance shot in a gymnasium, with the band having a great time playing music and celebrating 15 years of gracious rock n’ roll legacy. Watch it here:

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