New Pop Songs, Movie Soundtracks – Manila Bulletin

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Take a look and listen to the latest singles releases from some of Pinoy’s most interesting pop groups today.

Talented 17-year-old singer Rob Deniel is releasing one with his new single “Diwa” this weekend. Deniel is one of the frontrunners of retro-style Pinoy pop and that’s exactly the type of sound we hear on “Diwa”. Airy single-note melodies and nasal reverb-filled guitars accompany Rob’s thoughts on what love could be like at the end of the world. His press uses the following to describe Rob’s sound: “alt-pop and kundiman blues,” he says. Oddly enough, “Diwa” sounds exactly alot as mentioned.

Bandang Lapis also released a new song in “Pagbilang Ng Tatlo”. The Rizal-based band had a smash hit in “Kabilang Buhay” and the new song is kind of cut from the same fabric. Suffice to say that sorrows abound on this rising pop rock ballad. BL ruminates on the fact that love is sometimes tormented too. Prepare to cry.

Promising young newcomer Jehramae sings a new song called “Magparaya”. If you hear it and go, this style sounds familiar to you, that’s because it’s a tune written by Vehnee Saturno. The painful act of letting go is a well-worn theme in said songwriter’s toolkit, but we’re more interested in the delivery of Jehramae. A perfect song awaits Jehramae in the near future, but it’s convincing on this one nonetheless.

Songwriter Pat Cardoza is also a beginner. His modern pop tune by Pinoy “Habangbuhay” is a beautiful number that takes advantage of the suave tones of Cardoza. And she chooses a cute piano and strings combo as the vehicle for her Forever Vows-themed song.

Magnus Haven recently ditched the easy-listening, R & B-esque “Mapaglaro”. Although they are primarily a soft-rock group, sonically the 5-piece group can navigate any sound and style that they have their attention. And “Mapaglaro” is groovy and intermediate enough to appeal to a wide range of OPM listeners. Additionally, slightly suggestive “Rosas” of Magnus Haven is on the soundtrack of the sexy Vivamax Pornstar 2 movie parody. Magnus Haven features vocalist Rajih Mendoza, David Galang on keyboards, guitarist Louise Vaflor, bassist Rey Maestro and drummer Sean Espejo.

And while we’re on the subject of soundtracks, The Juans composed a theme song on the Vivamax movie “Dulo”. The title is actually (and Juanistas knows it) the title of a recent hit by the band. “Dulo” with its inherent hugot feel and themes was a mini-film in itself with its story-centric clip. It remains to be seen whether “Dulo” the movie is an extension of the clip. The Juans’ most recent single, the excellent “Anghel”, is also part of the film’s soundtrack.

Ditto, Marion Aunor probably has the most songs written for a movie. She does it again with her recent single “Kama” which found its place in the film “Palitan”. The dark, synth-pop sounds of “Kama” (the first single from Marion’s Wild Dream Records label) suit the film’s sexy undercurrent perfectly. And besides, Marion’s sultry tone of voice certainly won’t be out of place in an uplifting and sexy movie.

Jom, half of the catchy singers of the hit-rap quartet ALLMO $ T, move away from his usual sound styles and go for an alternative rock sound on “Para Sa’yo”. Jom’s pipes lend themselves well to a rock song as he provides hooks for a rap number. Jom sings about falling in love with someone who is already in someone else’s arms. As painful love songs go on, isn’t that usually the case?


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