Hale needs no intro and their loyal fans are beside themselves over the group releasing new material. One of their most previous releases was “The Great Unknown” with Sarah Geronimo two years ago, then “Alon” in 2017.
We caught up with Hale’s Champ Lui Pio a few months back and asked if there’s anything new coming. It was a quick “We’re working on a new album, hopefully we can finish it soon” comment he gave so we didn’t press harder.
Now, the mid-tempo “Simula Hanggang Huli” is here.
Well, it sounds like Hale’s usual fare. You know, the gradually rising, modern-rock tinged ballad that reaches a crescendo. The song delving in the one that got away in Tagalog is a nice touch.
But there’s another single: “My Beating Heart.” The track sees the band return to their roots. The guitars are more upfront and drummer Paolo Santiago and bassist Sheldon Gellada gets to push the beat forward a tad more than usual, as with the anthemic theme of achieving dreams. The change of pace does the band well and we can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.
On the pop side, there’s the Top 40 sound of new single “What We Do” by Nicole Omillo. She is an upcoming local artist with a good voice, a good attitude, and more importantly, a good single right here. Coming in after the excellent “Die For You” single feat J Young, Omillo is a young dance pop princess in waiting.
Bacolod-based singer Bea Lacson and her new single “Pundi” is a more mature sounding number than the playful pop sound of her debut. The sing-song quality of the piano melody suggests the song is sugary pop-lite. But the resonance of Lacson’s voice lends this very melodic song an air of seriousness and heart—and that’s always a good thing.
Saving the best for last is Raphiel Shannon. Only 18 years old, the petite Cebuana has established quite a following online way before releasing her cover of Rivermaya’s “Kisapmata.”
Raphiel is a no-gimmick pop act with a show-stopping voice. She sings with so much heart, it’s impossible to look away.
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