I’ve been telling myself I have to review this album to bolster my local music coverage (and credentials) but I was a bit wary about covering CRWN’s new “beattape”, Orchid. I have seen him live, twice, but – perhaps it’s because of the setting – I realize I couldn’t get fully behind him. This time, I am alone and have earphones on, and while the album speeds through – that is a misnomer; it’s not speedy, but you know what I mean – I find myself pondering the lack of truly public spaces in the Philippines, and later talking to someone about it. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying Orchid is a record you only keep in the background. For me, in fact, it’s the opposite: it constantly pushes itself in front of you, but not in a brusque way. It feels deliberate. It’s proud of itself. “Look what I can do!” And it points at a particular trick in the songs, and you focus on it, and everything falls around you, and your mind opens. Lesson one: perhaps I’m better suited to listening to CRWN’s music alone. Lesson two: it doesn’t matter where you listen to it. [NB] | 4/5
There were a few snags as we arrived at the Circuit Mall in Makati for the first Bandwagon Music Market in the Philippines. One, Shalla, who works the night shift, did not get any sleep, so I knew that we would have to skip some of the acts at one point. Two, while driving to the venue was hard, finding the Power Mac Center Spotlight was particularly difficult – although I blame it on the mall for not putting signs. It is hard to get to. I knew it was at the third floor, but we went up the wrong escalators and ended up at a chapel. Turns out we should have taken another set of stairs.
“The next time Reese holds a collage-making workshop,” Rainy told me, “let me know. I want to join.” So, a little over five months ago, we stocked up on old magazines at Book Sale, bought a shiny new pair of scissors, and went to the workshop. Well, only she took part. I was just there hovering around, doing some pre-blogging (that would be our month-long series on OPM classics) and playing with some questions in my head.