10 Tunes to Listen to This Month
Hot tracks from Two Door Cinema Club, Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris with Florence Welch, Gloc-9 with Ebe Dancel, and more!
(SPOT.ph) Welcome the 'ber' months with our eclectic list of hot tunes: Two Door Cinema Club’s latest single, Taylor Swift’s sassy breakup anthem, Calvin Harris and Florence Welch’s danceable collaboration, Mumford & Sons’ new folk-rock offering, and Pinback’s comeback track. Plus, get a load of OPM goodness with Gloc-9 and Ebe Dancel’s eye-opening release, Pedicab’s funky ditty, Love in Athens’ atmospheric tune, and Dong Abay’s history-inspired composition.
Song: "Sleep Alone"
Artist: Two Door Cinema Club
Following 2010's Tourist History is Beacon, the indie trio's latest album featuring the single, "Sleep Alone." Lead singer Alex Trimble warbles his way through the catchy track, powered by the band's signature fluctuating guitar lines.
Fun fact: According to NME, "Sleep Alone" was inspired by the drug-induced dreams of Trimble.
Artist: Gloc-9 featuring Ebe Dancel
"Sirena" isn’t just topping local charts because of its catchy beats topped with Gloc-9’s flawless raps and Ebe Dancel’s unique crooning. People are also talking about the single’s message of support for the LGBT community. The line that made the most impact on us: "’Di sinusukat ang tapang at ang bigote sa mukha / Dahil kung minsan mas lalake pa sa lalake ang bakla."
Fun fact: In an interview with MYX, Dancel talked about the song and its music video: "The song chronicles the life of a gay person. Mula sa pagkabata hanggang sa deathbed nung tatay niya."
Song: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Artist: Taylor Swift
What sets this breakup ditty apart from the past releases of country sweetheart Taylor Swift is its
sassiness and sarcasm. Sure, she’s had better lead singles, but this one has an in-your-face factor you can’t resist. Our favorite line? "And you will hide away and find your piece of mind / With some indie record that’s much cooler than mine."
Fun fact: Swift's new album, Red, is set for release in October.
Art rock act Pedicab is out with a travel-themed music video for their single, "Otomatik." The track, off their newest album titled Kaya Mo Mag-Sando?, is an electronic dance ditty with funky disco beats and is characteristic of the band's quirky humor.
Fun fact: The music video was shot in Vietnam.
Song: "Sweet Nothing"
Artist: Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch
Two music heavyweights from different ends of the spectrum come together for one high-energy club anthem. Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine drops powerful vocal styling, while top DJ Calvin Harris adds his infectious, escalating beats.
Fun fact: In an interview with Fuse, Welch talked about this collaboration with Harris: "It was a swap, really. I wanted a remix; he wanted the vocals, so we just traded."
Song: "Shell Canvas"
Artist: Love in Athens
Love in Athens’ "Shell Canvas," off Half-Awake in the Morning Haze (EP), is an atmospheric synth
creation that will make you want to take a long drive to the beach.
Fun fact: Love in Athens is a synth-rock, indie-rock, and post-rock music project of Francis Maria Regalado that started in 2008.
Song: "I Will Wait"
Artist: Mumford & Sons
Folk rockers Mumford & Sons are back with a new record, Babel, three years since their debut effort, Sigh No More, wowed music fans everywhere. The lead single, "I Will Wait," starts strong and finishes stronger-with an attack of banjo, shakers, and percussion.
Fun fact: According to Rolling Stone, the band worked on Babel while on tour for the past two
Song: "Par Que"
Artist: Dong Abay
The "Par Que" music video, set in Rizal Park, shows Dong Abay as he sings of what could be our national hero’s commentary on our society today. Abay shows his versatility as an artist, veering away from his punk-rock trademark and adapting a more synth-heavy sound.
Fun fact: Rebulto, the album from which "Par Que" is taken, is the artist’s tribute to our national hero, Jose Rizal.
Song: "Proceed to Memory"
The Pinback duo returns after their 2007 Autumn of Seraphs’ success with the full-length album,
Information Retrieved. One of the tracks, "Proceed to Memory," is an atmospheric rock anthem with chant-like shouts and hypnotizing layered vocals.
Fun fact: Information Retrieved drops on October 16. Pinback is composed of Rob Crow and Zach Smith.
Artist: The Morning Episodes
The Morning Episodes-composed of Miguel Escueta, Juni Devecais, Roy Secillano, and Jeng Tria-are ready to conquer American radio with their debut single, "Alive." The feel-good rock release includes some electronic elements that separates it from frontman Escueta's old sound.
Fun fact: According to Interaskyon, The Morning Episodes have signed up with Los Angeles-based recording company Sly Doggie Productions for the international release of their forthcoming album titled Never Felt So Alive.