Review: Here Today by Coeli

Here Today by CoeliHere Today, Coeli’s new EP, runs at only four tracks. Is it too short? The songs run at five minutes on average. Twenty-one minutes in total. Too long? This is a time-bending record. You don’t really realize how short (or long) it is, a testament to both Coeli’s songwriting and her vocals – confident, welcoming, alluring, even. We’re familiar with that, more or less. But her songs take on a life of their own when they land in your ears. “Magkaibigan o Magka-ibigan”, of course, benefits from its rondalla-esque approach, turning an old question into something with higher, more graceful stakes. But “Puno” best captures the spirit of Here Today: a song given the chance to breathe, to stretch out, meaning it can go on for as long as needed – and you don’t feel overburdened by the length or the subject. (The vocal interplay with Clara Benin is the cherry on top.) For a short EP Here Today weirdly sags in the second half, but then it’s likely me lingering on at the end of track two. But the beauty of the EP is in how it allows you to linger, how it makes its point without forcing your hand or rushing you. I must listen to it again. [NB]4/5

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