Singer and songwriter Nicole Laurel Asensio is dropping a "personal" single today on Spotify. Entitled “Love Me or Don’t,” the song was recorded at Wildgrass Studios with musicians Michael Alba (drums), Karel Honasan (bass), Ira Cruz (guitar), Nikko Rivera (keys), horn players Lester Sorilla, Isla Antinero, and Michael Guevarra.
The three strong women with strong voices on the track were vocal arranger and singer Yosha Honasan, arranger Pauline Lauron, and Iwi Laurel, Nicole's mom and biggest inspiration in life and music.
The mixing and mastering were done by Jess Fermino and Angee Rozul and completed in Abbey Road London.
Written in a span of fifteen minutes, the song is about relationships and friendships. With simple lines like you can like me, or don’t, simply say “hi” to me or don’t… and I really don’t mind when your stares grow cold.
After singing the lyrics and melody to guitarist Miru, a classmate from Elements music camp, they both agreed to set the song in the context of a relationship where the persona had been hurt many times, smiled through it to put up a front and reached her breaking point, where she no longer lives for her lover’s approval, for the first time she’s unafraid to be alone and tells him straight: “I don’t need you to feel complete.” Love me or don’t… or kung ayaw mo, edi ‘wag.”
There was a line that went: either you stay in my arms or stay out of my way, so stay or don’t.
The music video directed by Gorio Vicuna was set in a vintage ‘50s-esque utopia that is both polished and eerie in the same breath. The narrative showcased Nicole's two friends who are great actors, Max Eigenmann, and French actor Guillaume Novert.
With darker and more cinematic themes, the video was shot in the Laurel ancestral home in Laguna. Tons of costumes were borrowed to match the vintage themes. To achieve the look, Nicole even wore padded garments to add pounds to her body for a heavier look, to suit the vintage beauty aesthetic.
Watch out for Nicole’s Wish Bus performance on Feb. 1 and the music video launch of the single on Feb. 2 at 8:00, live on Facebook.
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