For a young band exploring various sounds and themes, taking the route of the acoustic guitar-driven sound and singing about love gone awry might be akin to taking a step back. But it might just be the opposite if it is a good and rightfully-arranged song.
The latest from 46 Hope St., "Sabi Mo," features the band's frontman Meds Rana who wrote and performed the song by his lonesome. His voice and acoustic guitar playing deliver a fine example of a "hugot" song in its raw beauty.
Released and published by Widescope Entertainment, Sabi Mo is definitely the band's most accessible piece to mainstream listeners to date, owing to its universally appealing subject matter and musical style.
"Sabay ganon/ Ayaw mo na/ Ganun na lang ba/ Parang walalang," Meds sings in the chorus.
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The band's main man himself chose not to elaborate much about his composition. When asked what it's about, he simply replied, "It's an acoustic guitar driven song that talks about the permanency, or lack thereof, of relationship."
Clocking in at merely two minutes and 42 seconds, the track may be among the shortest singles you'll hear in the digital realm these days. Short numbers were the norm in creating classics. The fact that Meds could pull it off shows his ability to rely on melodic hooks and straightforward messaging instead of complicating matters or prolonging passages that need not be.
Thanks to the record label distributing 46 Hope St.'s music, Rana is guided well to produce the best for his band, even given the lone soldier do-it-all setup. Executive producer Vic de Vera and A&R coordinator Ebe Dancel have always been on board to ensure their artists provide listeners with output worth the general listeners' time.
Of course, Meds' bandmates Ryan Gonzales and Aaron Paul Dolleton who, together form the group's steady rhythm section, gave him their blessings. Besides, while the song is a solo performance, there's something in the way it is laid out that should make observers assess it is a band necessarily allowing a piece to shine for the benefit of the sum.
Rana recorded his vocals and guitars at Katha Music Studio, NY, with mixing engineer Dante Tanedo providing the necessary help to bring the song right to our faces.
The song concludes, "Sana naman may nakakarinig ng sigaw ng damdamin sa kalangitan/ Bawat kabog ng dibdib hingi ay pag-ibig/ Sa susunod kung alangan huwag nalang magpaasa."
"Sabi Mo" is 46 Hope St.'s seventh digital single, and third this year following "Di Na Magpapauto" and "Live Like Never Before." It is now available in digital stores.
Singer-songwriter Adjeng, who last year released eight digital singles, is making sure 2022 is not just a period to continue what she had been doing, but more of one to showcase a significant progress in her act.
Thus, her latest single "More Than A Little," is quite a cool departure from her previous pop releases, with its touch on classic R&B sound presented in relevantly current form.
"I wrote 'More Than A Little' in January 2022, welcoming not just a brand new year, but also a fresh sound with the melody and lyrics I wrote myself, laced with old school R&B sensibilities. While I have dabbled mostly in pop, I have to say that 90's R&B made a huge impact on me, and I wanted to reflect that in this song," said the lady singer who fronted for the bands Sipol and Wink in the early stages of her career, before finally deciding to go solo last year.
That decision spawned singles with lyrics she wrote and released one after another. It's no exaggeration that she actually put out a song every month that by the end of 2021, she already accumulated an album's worth of songs.
This year, she raised the bar by committing to record songs she composed herself, both melody and lyrics. "Rollercoaster" was the first of these. This follow-up is more than just a follow through, but one that offers a strong statement about true love.
Adjeng shared, "More Than A Little" is a love song I wrote about the value of putting in extra time and effort in love. It's about 'going all in,' giving it all that you've got. It's actually a reflection of my own personal thoughts on love."