Review: RIP Indo Hisashi by No Rome

RIP Indo Hisashi by No RomeI don’t think anybody expected No Rome to be our next potential #pinoypride moment. Well, that, and I’m not sure if the cool kids want that to even be the case. But in the past few months, the Filipino producer also known as Rome Gomez attracted attention from the right people, including the 1975‘s Matt Healy and Beats 1 head honcho Zane Lowe, releasing new songs, all four of which appear in his new EP, RIP Indo Hisashi. It’s clear Rome has hit the right spot in the current pop zeitgeist, with his songs striking a confident, evocative chord. His pop is clearly on a different plane, but it’s not too far out to ward people off – I surely wasn’t. (My highlight would have to be “Narcissist”, the collaboration with the 1975; the textures are beautiful.) That said, I am interested in where he goes from here. I’m curious as to how far he pushes his boundaries, or if he’ll stick with his current lane and tweak things to their most perfect (to be dramatic about it) conclusion. RIP Indo Hisashi shows a lot of potential on that front, though, and I look forward to hearing more. And, can I say, I hope many others do? Even if the cool kids don’t like that to happen. No Rome won’t be a secret for long. [NB]4/5

The Local Outsider #29: CHNDTR, Nathan & Mercury and a delayed reaction to No Rome

As I start writing this month’s Local Outsider, I’m listening, again, to the new single from the Metro Fantastic – their vocalist, Carlos Castaño, talked about his love of hip-hop for us last year, and here he and the gang channel funk that just won’t stop. If only I wasn’t stupid (and tired) enough to not figure out how to properly embed a Spotify link, I’d give them a longer write-up, so here’s a link to “We Need To Talk” instead, which really just won’t stop. We await the new EP, and maybe a Soundcloud link soon. Now, for the rest of this month’s column…

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“In a way, she was…”

“Heaven” by No Rome | Turns out I would do a fair bit to get some sort of celebrity recommendation here. I spotted No Rome from a tweet from B.P. Valenzuela, and when I asked her, she pointed me to this track. So. Yes. Another local artist who’s so hidden in the depths of the casual listener, yet is actually making the rounds of the very music blogs that I follow. (Come on, he was on The Line of Best Fit. My friend Zet, who runs Restless Cities, has liked his Facebook page.) (Also worth noting: similar-ish trajectory to Eyedress.) Rome Gomez’s been doing this for a while, and it’s some lovely chillwave that’s dense and loopy and beautiful in its impenetrability. Well, I say that because I’ve been listening to this song on repeat for the past fifteen minutes trying to decipher a lyric, any lyric, to name this entry. Now that I’ve gotten something (and that is overstating it) I should go peruse the rest of the songs on his Soundcloud page. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)