THE BLOOMFIELDS – “Byaheng Mahiwaga”
On their maiden outing via Lilystars label, The Bloomfields shed their mop-top stylings for generous helpings of psychedelia. In a statement, the band said, “Our latest song is about those trippy rides [where you gather] friends to celebrate and experience […] psychedelic adventures”, hastening to add that it was—in fact— “inspired by an actual psychedelic experience.”
This, the band added, is the sound of them “[letting] go of [their] inhibitions” and creating “what [they] feel sounds great and awesome” without setting their sights on hits and views. The new track is also the first offering from forthcoming record that will mark the band’s twentieth anniversary in the business.
BILL AND THE JUDITHS – “Laruan”
The new song “Laruan” from rising OPM band Bill and the Judiths tells its story in music the recalls the sunshiny good-time pop-rock of the Go-Go’s with a twist. In an exclusive interview, the band said, “Our song is about playing with love. It has a catchy tune and easy-to-understand lyrics. It talks about the thrill of flirting and teasing, but it also acknowledges that playing with love can be dangerous and could lead to heartbreak. Overall, it’s a fun and relatable song that anyone who has ever played with love can enjoy.”
“Laruan” is incredibly inspiring to us.” the band stressed.” It speaks to the idea that love can be both serious and playful. It is a perfect expression of all the joys and sorrows of love and it inspires us to take love seriously and to treat it with the respect it deserves.” Band guitarist Erwin Dela Cruz is behind the lyrics and the music.
GALAXY LODGE – “Dirty Couch”
This new single from Galaxy Lodge, echoes the sound of languor giving way to artistry. With singer-tunesmith Emer Lacandazo’s entire family being infected during the Covid pandemic, Emer and his wife had to be relegated to the living room– the couch, actually. Thus began the journey of “Dirty Couch,” where the titular object—Emer’ family’s “quarantine couch”— was transformed from a portent of illness into an musical totem.
On the music front, “Dirty Couch” is a shoegaze-sadcore number reminiscent of acts like Red House Painters and Galaxie 500. The cadence is unfaltering, the atmosphere commanding, and the singing evocative despite its rote calm. An EP is in the works.
TURNPIKE – “FATAL CLEANSING”
Cebu’s hardcore punk band Turnpike’s aural assault that’s “Fatal Cleansing” follows the band’s earlier release titled “Angels Weep,” Thematically, “Fatal Cleansing” lines up the apocalyptic narrative of “Angels Weep” from the opposite perspective. “The earth, wretched by sin and suffering, is stormed by the brute forces of God,” describes primary songwriter Bryle Tomilap. “The end times foretell the lore of spiritual cleansing and the triumph of good against evil, but it will not be peaceful.”
The music continues to thrash into darker and heavier territory, a conscious evolution of the band’s music since their debut EP “You Vs. Everyone You Love”, released earlier this year. The arrangements scream heavy metal, with memorable guitar riffs pitched against growling vocals, but at barely over two minutes long, the track maintains a brutal paint-melting pace.
JAMES REID – “Jacuzzi”
Filipino actor-singer James Reid and renowned Korean rapper B.I drop their highly anticipated music video for their latest track “Jacuzzi” which celebrates the sumptuous fusion of music, indulgence, and the allure of a good time. Shot in collaboration with official hotel partner Okada Manila, the “Jacuzzi” music video encapsulates the essence of a high-end party, showcasing a star-studded gathering of beautiful people for an unforgettable experience.
The song “Jacuzzi” itself is a feel-good pop track that unites Asian countries through music, fusing house and pop elements, dynamic synths, and upbeat electronic beats. The music video, on the other hand, perfectly complements the song’s enthusiasm and carefree spirit. Notable celebrities on the music video include Maris Racal, AC Bonifacio, Miss Universe Philippines 2023 Michelle Dee, DJ Flict, Massiah, and A-Team.
KRNA – “DREAM AGAIN”
The highly anticipated new track, “Dream Again,” from Cagayan de Oro dream pop band, KRNA, is described as an “anthem of yearning, while at the same time, “a denial and fear of rejection existing simultaneously”. Songwriter and vocalist KC Salazar explains that the ambivalence of strong feelings forces one to leave them to “exist in dreams and be left unnoticed in the real world.” Lyrics like “I’ll be waiting here, in nobody’s land waiting for a sign” accentuate these emotions all too well.
“Dream Again” is the first single off the band’s upcoming album Kireina for release in early 2024. The track is also included in Shoegaze Pilipinas and The Grey Market Records’ recent vinyl release titled “Anggawan.”
Listen to the music on the artist’s social media page and on most digital music platforms.