(SPOT.ph) It is a hot and humid Sunday morning as we make our way to MusicHaven Trading in Parañaque City. The audio store, known for selling speakers, amplifiers, vintage audio equipment, and other audiophile goodies, is the venue for OPM band Apartel’s listening session for their second album, Full Flood. The motto on MusicHaven’s calling card reads, “Only Good Music!” and that’s exactly what we’re expecting from the band’s latest release.
Inside MusicHaven are a ton of speakers, amplifiers, records, and equipment. Rene Rivo, the proprietor, and his family are all inside, preparing for the upcoming session. Meanwhile, the crew from Offshore Music, Apartel’s record label, has set up some tents, tables, and chairs outside. Rivo instantly greets us with a hearty handshake. His son is tinkering with the computer, making sure the audio levels are just right.
In August, “Pateros”, Apartel’s first single off Full Flood was made available on Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, TIDAL, and AppleMusic. Their sophomore effort will be available on digital platforms in the latter part of September. If you’re a vinyl collector, you’ll be pleased to know that they are printing a limited release sometime in October or November.