Manila-based pop rock upstart AboutRadio has set out on a mission to bring back 90s OPM, which according to them, is what the current local music scene needs.
The band, heavily influenced by homegrown and international acts that flourished in the said decade (Eraserheads, Pearl Jam and Radiohead to name a few), defines their sound as “melancholy pop alternative radio.” And their debut single, “Alon,” is a wise choice to introduce this brand to the hard-to-penetrate music circuit.
“Alon is a hugot song,” frontwoman Ezy Sefuentes straightforwardly shared in a radio interview with DJ Robin last July 7, Friday. Recounting that the track was actually written while it was raining, she was confident in saying that their song could make a perfect company during the bed weather.
“Magpapalipas, magpapaka-abala, magtitiyagang burahin sa alala ngunit nagsusulat ka pa rin at nagsusulat ako ng kantang tungkol sa’yo pa rin,” part of the chorus goes.
Add up Sefuentes’ chill trills and the melody’s compelling progression, this kind of lyric-writing certainly has the potential to captivate any OPM enthusiasts longing to relive the good old 90s sound.
“Alon” is part of their upcoming debut album, slated to be released on the last week of July. The 10-track, all-original record will also include “Tagpuan,” a song about “relationships that you wish would have worked out.”
AboutRadio performed these two cuts, along with an alternative spin to Gary Valenciano’s “Di Na Natuto,” during their Roadshow guesting.
The OPM quintet is composed of Sefuentes, Christian Flores, Mark Lim, Jojo Duenas and Levy Arago.