What you need to know with what’s been going on musically the past couple of weeks, from CRWN to Carly Rae.
It’s getting increasingly difficult to keep up with new releases from artists given the saturation of music streaming services and social media practices that exist on top of the daily grind. Because music is respite that we should take the time for, here’s our attempt to give you a brief rundown of updates and releases you might have missed both on the local and international fronts that have tickled our fancy.
At some point, we might’ve all been apprehensive about famous local actors trying to build a career in music, and while most easily fall into the mainstream, James Reid proves he has a real talent for this sans the bluff. His new track Cool Down, and its music video (directed by Substance’s Deej Fabian) surprised both his existing fan base and even the snobs given its “international” quality as per some YouTube comments. This is the first single off his upcoming self-composed album “Palm Dreams,” and we can’t wait to see and hear what’s next.
Indie rock band Cheats sure found a way to avoid the MRT rush hour just so they could pull off a one-take music video for their latest single Crumble. One of the band’s vocalists Candy Gamos shamelessly danced through a spacious MRT car and even shares that they may or may not have secured permits to shoot inside the train. The band also announced a US tour in support of Sandwich with shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. If you happen to be in the neighborhood and would love to have a dose of home, get your tickets for next week’s NYC shows here and here.
Fresh from a riveting stint at Fête de la Musique over the weekend which had the dense crowd singing their own songs back to them, Wanderband 2017 finalists and Myx Spotlight artist for June Banna Harbera share their sullen new music video for single Sorrys and Goodbyes (directed by Spaceman Pictures’ Miguel Pablo). With two EPs under their belt, the soul-funk quintet is on their way to making larger waves in the local music scene, hopefully with a debut album soon in tow.
After bidding us farewell in 2013 with a despedida gig, funk/jazz/hip-hop band The Out of Body Special might be reeling us towards a comeback or a reunion gig, at the very least. They’ve been enjoying teasing us on their Facebook page, referencing one of their old songs and sharing an elusive jam session clip, and we’re all waiting to see what they have up their sleeves after the success of 2007’s Is Love. Their song Delikado was recently featured on the soundtrack of JP Habac’s I’m Drunk, I Love You.
We’re only weeks away from the release of “Crydancer,” BP Valenzuela’s follow-up to 2015’s “The Neon Hour” on July 7. BP already teamed up with No Rome and August Wahh for bbgirl, with CRWN for Cards and Instead, and now this time with Moonwlk’s Nick Lazaro for a track called Minimize. This is the pair’s second song following “The Neon Hour’s” The Fury and the Sound but their collaboration then extended to the album’s mixing and mastering.
Speaking of CRWN, the electronic beat maker and producer (a.k.a. King Puentespina) teamed up with indie darling Clara Benin for a track called Sailing. This isn’t the first time Clara lent her vocals to a laidback dance track, working with Asch Catabonan on 2015’s Some Kind of Magic. Sailing is the pair’s first collaboration, perhaps signaling CRWN’s return to vocals following his How I Love EP with Jess Connelly as well as a string of instrumental releases with his “Tommy Gun EP” and new track Guidance.
In the middle of working on her follow up to 2015’s “E⋅MO⋅TION,” pop songstress Carly Rae Jepsen held a sold-out one-night-only concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. We know Carly Rae for masquerading heartbreaking lyrics with ‘80s bops, and if you thought her songs weren’t perfect enough as they were, their arrangement with a full orchestra have elevated her pop and synth-driven record into a mellow masterpiece. Nothing now beats the live sax version of the Run Away with Me siren call and the ethereal array of soft idiophones and a gossamer of (wood)winds against her shimmery and golden dancing figure. And because Carly Rae is a gift that keeps on giving, here’s her newly released lyric video for single Cut to the Feeling.