When talking about local music, the most common phrase that you’d hear is “OPM is dead.” But contrary to that popular belief, the local music scene is alive and kicking, with many new independent acts out performing. While these acts have been pretty well-known in the indie scene for the past few years, it’s only now that some of them are starting to break into the mainstream.
Hence, here are 5 acts that you should start listening to already:
Missed the sound of the pop-alternative bands from 90’s? Just listen to Autotelic. By getting the soul of that decade and mixes it with today’s electronica beats, the band has managed to a unique sound that’s as emotional, but not heavy.
Farewell Fair Weather
While many have compared their sound to Up Dharma Down, to simply say that this band is a clone is a disservice. Drawing inspiration from rock, soul, and jazz, FFW creates richer melodies that distinguishes them from the rest.
Rough, raw, but tempered with just enough tenderness. That’s probably the only way to describe the music of MilesExperience. With the occasional use of guitar riffs like an old school rock song, their songs “Siklabo” and “Love Supreme” still touch the heart, without becoming too saccharine.
Jensen and the Flips
Sure, the name can make them sound like a punk band. However, Jensen and the Flips actually offers some of the smoothest tracks out today. The band takes RnB, Motown, and soul influences and creates their own distinct brand of music, similar to how generations of Pinoy rappers have made a distinctly American genre their own. And yes, some of their tracks are just perfect for a weekend morning drive out of the metro.
To call Bullet Dumas as the new face of Pinoy folk music is an oversimplification—his songs defy categorization, yet remain familiar and approachable to the average listener. Skillfully melding witty wordplay and sharp commentary with guitar-driven tracks, Dumas infuses new life into a genre that’s often seen as old by adding a level of playfulness.
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