Original Pinoy Music is flourishing with the likes of Munimuni, Ben&Ben, Bullet Dumas, Moira Dela Torre, and many more– which is saying a lot about its future.
Classifying what good local music is cannot be single-handedly pigeonholed in one specific genre and MINT College is giving an unorthodox training to diverse musically-inclined artists to preserve the art of Filipino music.
Recently, countless millennial and gen Z local acts are revolutionizing the sound of OPM, and with this on hand, it is completely untrue that Original Pinoy Music is dying. But rather, it is evolving. The Filipino music scene is swarming with new musicians, whether underground or mainstream, musical artists are emerging and playing their hearts out to find a spot on our playlist. While all are undoubtedly talented, sincerity is hard to find.
The promising works of these young Pinoy musicians are creating a new wave in OPM and we just have to share it to you:
1. Clara Benin
Listening to Clara Benin is like putting yourself in a calm, yet emotional ride to home. This indie-folk artist musically whispers angelic lullaby to the ears.
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Listen to Clara Benin’s best songs: ‘Parallel Universe,’ ‘Tila,’ ‘Human Eyes‘
2. Syd Hartha
You’ve probably first heard this guitar-playing singer doing covers of your favorite hit songs, but what’s special is when she sings the lyrically angsty, thought-provoking songs she writes herself. The struck of every chord in resonance with Syd Hartha’s sultry voice is trance-inducing.
Listen to Syd Hartha’s new single here: ‘Iglap‘
3. Ej De Perio
Ej De Perio has the right musical control to singing with “hugot” in acoustic folk without making it agonizingly cheesy and exaggerated. But beautifully romantic, simple, and genuine.
4. Elise Huang
Whatever story she tells in her songs, she can acoustically balance the contrast between upbeat tone and sentimental lyrics.
Listen to the Elise Huang’s best songs here: ‘Coffee,’ ‘Won’t Stop‘
Fern Tan knows how to creatively play with sonic embellishments. His heavily synth-infused, 80’s inspired sound quickly grasps your desire to dance and fall in love.
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