Review: Of Sound Mind & Memory by Reese Lansangan

Of Sound Mind & Memory by Reese LansanganOne of the things I hinted at when I reviewed Arigato, Internet! a couple of years back is how Reese Lansangan seems to know what she’s doing, down to the last detail. It lends her songs an air of precision, but after a while – or perhaps it’s just me? – it feels a little too calculating, a little too impenetrable. The formula works, but you wonder whether the facade will stay up there for a while. Then arrives Of Sound Mind & Memory, a surprise EP – four tracks, seventeen minutes – that marks Reese’s “this is where I bare my soul” moment. A little surprising considering her career trajectory; not really surprising considering we’ve heard traces of this before on “Code of Kin” and “St. Petersburg”. The wordplay is still there, too, so perhaps the description doesn’t fit as well as I planned. But, for whatever reason, the album feels much more raw, much more honest, like a dispatch from out of nowhere, unplanned, unrehearsed. I get this feeling that this record is where Reese rediscovers things – ultimately I will have no idea what that is; ultimately it’s just how it’s supposed to be – and it feels refreshing. [NB] | 4/5


Five years in: (some of) the earthings! story in photographs

Honestly, there really isn’t a lot of story to tell, unless I decide to act like a really big thing and insist that the mundane things earthings! has done over its five years of existence is worth telling. But isn’t it fun to be able to post a photo album of scenes captured from those five years – at least scenes that don’t involve me writing paragraphs in front of a laptop from my so-called desk, or sometimes at various hotels across the region – and say something about the “story” of earthings! across its five years of existence? Yes, right? So, well, here it is – a slightly random compendium of photos, of the people we met, the people we became friends with, and in between, some photos that didn’t quite make it to these pages. This is, after all, a personal blog masquerading as a music blog. You get the idea. [NB]

The five songs Reese Lansangan can’t live without

Reese Lansangan's everywhere these days.

The Five Songs Reese Lansangan Can't Live WithoutWhen we first wrote about Reese Lansangan almost three years ago, we never had the idea we would be seeing her everywhere. But now, indeed, she is: after the release of her debut full-length Arigato, Internet! she’s a ubiquitous presence – you might have seen her on television, or her work on magazines, or photos of her in stores, or maybe heard her music while on hold at Sky Cable. She even wrote a wedding song for Bossing and Poleng! Now, the multi-hyphenate (rolled into one convenient sushi, in her words) shares the five songs she can’t live without – and in her picks, a sense of wonder permeates.

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2016 earthings! Fantasy Festival, part two: the Cyclothymic stage

2016 earthings! Fantasy Festival: the White Noise stage

earthings! Fantasy FestivalWelcome to day two of the 2016 earthings! Fantasy Festival, a week of live performances that’s all just happening in our heads. Today, contributor Allene Allanigue flies in at the last minute with another all-female line-up, which happens to include a former First Lady and a way-too-obvious blog favorite. (Nobody prompted anybody.)

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“When we’re alone, it’s like we’re home.”


“Home” by Reese Lansagan | I had this weird fuzzy feeling when I first heard this song, very faintly, coming out of my mother’s bedroom a few weeks back. She was watching the wedding video of Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna; videographer to the stars Jason Magbanua roped in blog favorite (we can call her that, right?) Reese Lansangan to write a song for it. Now she’s released the full version of the song, and now I’m having my first proper listen to it. The opening half made me want to well up, and that was it. I’m done. It’s not the coffee I just had, I’m sure. And, yes, the song may not have taken the world by storm like I initially guessed, but it’s still as good an introduction as any. Unless you’ve already heard of Reese before, that is. By the way, yes, that is a Bandcamp embed; it’s only going to be available there, I think, so get it off there, yes? [NB]