6 Filipino Indie Acts You Need To Know
In case you want to brush up on this side of local music that’s fresh as funk
For those of you hearing about math as a genre in music for the first time (us included!), you’ll be seeing a lot of it in this article and it’s real alright. Math or math rock is an indie style of music that emerged in the US in the late 80s. The Internet says it’s characterized by complex, atypical rhythms, irregular time signature and angular guitars or music, artfully undone. We list down the acts or bands that have caught our attention and opened up a whole new category in our otherwise pop-saturated playlists.
Fools & Foes
The band: Isabelle Romualdez - vocals/bass
Miguel Querubin - vocals/guitar
Ralph Gonzalez - guitar
Gabba Santiago - drums
The Fools serve up indie rock with acoustic vibes and a country pace that makes you want to cozy up by the window, coffee in hand, and watch the day go by. With songs that bespeak of angst, a lot of feelings and unrequited love, the Fools speak directly to the heart.
18-year-old Mickey is a Filipino singer-songwriter from Canberra, Australia whose voice echoes indie-pop and jazz influences, and sound that’s uniquely her own. Mickey’s smooth as butter covers are instant favorites but her originals are what really reeled us in.
Tom - Bass
Gabba - Guitar
Degs - Drums
For music that’s pure and unadulterated, the kind makes you think of long drives or lounge-y weekends (or conjure up flashbacks of your fondest memories), Tom’s Story is your guy (or guys). Their blissful and mellow tunes suit all kinds of moods and feelings, from when you need a little perking up to moments when you just need to get lost in your own thoughts.
A true creative in all aspects of the word, Reese Lansangan lives up to all her artistic roles “rolled into one convenient sushi”—a sushi straight out of Jiro Dreams of Sushi most likely.
Reese’s inspirations come from anything and everything: her childhood, science, Asian iconography and pop culture with just the right amount of humor translated into art, music and writing. We also love that she can find humor in just about any situation, like the time she made a song after her laptop got stolen.
Thanks, laptop stealer.
Genre: Indie OPM
Members: Pio Dumayas - Lead vocals
Martin Kim - Background vocals and keyboards
Raymond King - Background vocals and bassist
Mico Fernandez - Guitarist
Zoe Gonzales - Guitarist
Angelo Mesina - Trumpeteer
Joxx Perez - Saxophonist
Renzo Santos - Drummer
Lola Amour offers music that resonates with the young and hopeless romantics rendered in jazzy, acoustic style like no other. Swing and sway to the upbeat tunes of the brass-clad band of eight.
Members: Yzabel Torres - Vocals
Jake Masigan - Lead Guitar
Josh Planas - Bass
Patrick Felipe - Drums
Theo Blanch - Keys
Languid, laidback with a lot of soul, Banna Harbera churns out music that soothes the spirit. Theirs is the kind of dreamy melody that takes us into our own paradise or whisks us away to the balmy days of late summer. Le sigh.