For their debut under O/C Records, Halina has released not just one, but two singles, Kwarto Waltz and Ukay Tamis, on Spotify. The latter is actually a re-release for the record label while the former is a completely new material from the band.
The two new releases is a sneak peek into what Halina is musically, which harks back into the much older times of Filipino society. Both of the songs are also much shorter than average, which is especially noticeable in Kwarto Waltz with its much faster pacing and abrupt ending although their lengths don’t diminish from the experience one gets from them, especially with their unique and refreshing sound.
Kwarto Waltz is a Rondalla driven exploration into the locked room world of loneliness and it takes the term “dancing on my own” to a whole new level as it dives deep into the complex, one man dance with the emotions involved with being alone and being trapped in one’s own company for so long and wanting to let it all out through a window for the world to see but at the same time, preferring to keep oneself locked in that very same room as the song ends rather suddenly with a shut of the door.
Ukay Tamis on the other hand, is a more contemporary look into the nuances of a date with a loved one, from the joys of digging through ukay-ukay for clothes to the jolly moments of a simple fast food dine out. While the sound is more modern compared to other Halina material, the catchy lyricisms combined with some vocal more reminiscent of older forms of Filipino music makes this song is a more proper introduction to the band and its music and is so far, their easiest to remember and sing along song.
If your ears is looking for something that sounds fresh and has a distinct Filipino character, “Kwarto Waltz” and “Ukay Tamis” are now available on Spotify for you to waltz into.
Originally written by Cedric Manuel, with some edits by Rafael Reynante of One Music PH.
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