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Groovy kind of puzzle

Have you experienced that roller coaster ride of emotions, when a good streak is interspersed with a barrage of bad news happening in the same period of your life? Such a scenario may sound like a regular occurrence these days since we are in the middle of a health crisis. Small wonder that in social media feeds, you find people posting some breakthroughs in their journey, only to reveal a sudden family loss the next day.     

For Meds Rana, the frontman of the trio 46 Hope St., the same sequence happens in what he describes as a “recurring pattern of conflicting life moments.” It is for him a puzzle that he and his bandmates, bassist Ryan Gonzales and drummer Aaron Dolleton, tried addressing in their latest digital single.     

The result is a groovy track that can pump up your blood and make you feel upbeat, with a lingering after-effect in the ears that should make you wonder in compliment how in the world they arrived at that.     

46 Hope St. is a welcome addition to the local band recording scene since it debuted last January, ably backed by Widescope Entertainment. 
The song, simply and aptly called “Palaisipan,” is the band’s fourth single following three previous records, “Parisukat At Bilog,” “Bituin,” and “Bago Matulog,” which introduced their artistry and mystique. There must really be something magical going on inside the address that bears the group’s name, whether that is a real residential space or pertains to that infinite spot in the head where their minds meet and together sway to the beat.    

Penned by Meds who, apart from lead-singing, also plays synth and guitar, “Palaisipan” alludes to life as a complicated puzzle.     

“The more one tries to solve it, the more complicated it gets,” the trio noted in unison.     

While the sound pays homage to the mood of yesteryears, around the time when local music was dubbed Manila Sound, the musical arrangement and overall recording jive make it appear strongly present. It gratifies the craving of today’s woke generation for repackaged nostalgia, like a great gift wrapped anew.     

Drops on digital stores tomorrow, Sept. 30, or, in music lingo, when September ends, “Palaisipan” is distributed and published by Widescope Entertainment under the supervision of a separate cool trio --- Vic De Vera, Neil Gregorio, and Ebe Dancel -- whose collective track record reflects a backing support rich in experience and proof of success in the field of recording and advertising.    

“Palaisipan” took shape at the Big Baby Studio, with the track engineered, mixed, and mastered by the technically gifted Peavey Nicolas, a behind-the-scenes guy which 46 Hope St. can easily claim as their fourth member.     

The song lyrically offers intriguing passages, with the first verse stating, “Tuwing may nangyayaring mabuti sa buhay/ Di ko naman maramdaman dahil may gulong sumasabay.”     

For listeners wanting resolution to this puzzle, the music provides that in all its funkiness, peppered with delightful vocal harmonies, atmospherically big backdrop of synth sound and rhythmic chops, and steady drum-bass foundation.

Topics: 46 Hope St , Meds Rana , Ryan Gonzales , Aaron Dolleton , Widescope Entertainment
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