DOTT SEKI & THE SEEDS OF LIGHT – “Om Rising”
Regarding this new single, band frontman Dott Seki tells SoundStrio, “Om Rising” is about tuning our energy to the frequency of surrendering to the Universe (or God). If you think about it, most religious practices are based on fear not love, punishment versus fulfilment. Which is why with this track, we took a different approach by recognizing the same pure intention and intensity of an advanced force not of human nature but of the soul as illustrated by the Maha Mantra.”
A frontman for the Gothic/shoegaze band Skies of Ember, singer-songwriter Dott Seki is a prolific musician whose work has been featured in numerous films, documentaries and fashion shows. The Seeds of Light are: Uaui on drums Toks Parras on bass, Bobby Legaspi on guitars and Rams Aquino on guitars.
QUEEN ATIA – “Massive Scare”
Cagayan de Oro’s very own Queen Atia says her latest release titled Massive Scare” is a rallying cry, a rebellion against injustice, and a raw expression of the struggles faced by Filipino farmers. She shared, “Massive Scare is essentially an open letter addressed to the crooks in public office, shedding light on the harsh realities faced by those on the fringes of society.”
Her music is such a genre-bending experience that defies conventional labels. Technically, they describe themselves as a fusion of post-grunge, punk, and post-hardcore. Thus, the powerful sentiments embedded in their music help create a unique and profound sonic identity.
GRACENOTE – “Babaeng Torpe”
Band frontwoman Eunice Jorge tells SoundStrip, “We got the idea for ‘Babaeng Torpe’ from the perspective of a girl who’s shy to express her feelings, challenging traditional gender norms where guys typically experience such hesitation. Nowadays, it seems acceptable to see girls chasing after someone they like and breaking stereotypes, but there are still women who find it hard to open up about their feelings, especially towards someone important, like a best friend. They fear risking or even losing the close connection they already have”
The single is their first for a new label and they look forward to a bright future with their new friends in the industry saying, “With UMG, we anticipate a stronger promotional infrastructure and increased opportunities to showcase our music to a wider audience.”
AEBlast (Featuring JeffreYumol) – “Dito”
With Dito,” rising P-Pop sensation AEBlast is poised to take the music scene by storm. The new track showcases the synergy of the group’s ability to craft catchy tunes in collaboration with JeffreYumol, both a rapper and producer, alongside the skilled production team Cymatics.
The groundbreaking song, co-written by JeffreYumol and Gab of AEBlast, was recorded in the intimate confines of a small room, adding a personal touch to the overall sound. AEBlast expressed excitement thus, “Working with JeffreYumol was an incredible experience. His energy and creativity brought a whole new dimension to “’Dito,’ We can’t wait for our fans to hear it.”
JOEM – “Nakaraan (From “I Am Not Big Bird” OST)”
After garnering almost half a million streams for his track, “Pangako”, Davao’s singer-songwriter, joem returns with an even more heart -wrenching track, “Nakaraan” featured in the highly anticipated comeback comedy film, “I Am Not Big Bird,” starring Enrique Gil. In the movie, Enrique Gil plays Luis, a 30-year-old virgin who is going through a breakup by traveling to Thailand, but finds himself unwittingly caught up in a case of mistaken identity.
“I Am Not Big Bird” is poised to be a comedic piece, and joem’s “Nakaraan” lends a counterbalance, delivering a cathartic experience for the viewers. It delves into the struggle to move forward when one’s heart remains anchored to the memories of a lost love. Its relatable theme makes it a poignant anthem for those still navigating broken relationships.
GEORGIA – “Paru-Paro”
Georgia says her new song “Paru-Paro” is based on “a friend who’s falling for somebody yet isn’t doing enough to express his feelings. He just watches her from a distance until he finds out she has already fallen in love with another fellow. And with the melody, I applied my usual slow flow so it matches the way my imagination unfolds.”
Twenty-year old Georgia is at the tip of a resurgence of folk music in Zambales province. She calls Lolita, Coritha, Sampaguita Juan Dela Cruz Tropical Depression and Sarah G among her inspirational idols. Her cache of OPM folk aside from “Paru-Paro includes “Kanya kanya,” Gabi na naman,” Tadhana” and Hay buhay!”, among others.