“Judging from the way you make me high, it’s worth it.”

Great Philippine Song Hits“Perfect” by True Faith | You may know True Faith now for singing – and I know this will sound snotty – songs that are firmly in the middle of the road, but there’s a more alternative origin story. They named themselves after that New Order song, and made their breakthrough on the late 99.5 RT, then the pinnacle of cool. (I know that’s what the Wikipedia article says, but I also saw the station particularly acknowledged in a best-of album my dad owned, and that dovetailed nicely with the time I got hooked to the station the first time. But I digress.) It makes sense – they had new wave aspirations, as is standard at the time, and their debut “Perfect” sounds a bit like Mike Francis’ “Let Me In” if you think of it. But now that also sounds a bit middle of the road, too, which I think speaks wonders about the, err, true essence of True Faith. It is a comforting blanket even if you’re coming in blind. I really enjoyed that compilation CD (particularly this song) precisely because of how it drew in a lot of influences and styles. And then, of course, there’d Medwin Marfil, one of the band’s constants, still delivering after all these years. And then the whole MGMT thing happened from out of nowhere. Full circle. [NB]

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A week of whistling, day seven: Nicksy’s third pick

“Huwag Na Lang Kaya” by True Faith | But of course I have to write about this song. It’s not a universally-known one, but anyone who knows this (and there’s a lot of them) will first think of the whistling that forms the backbone of the chorus, that hint of fatalism in Medwin Marfil’s soothing vocal. (Not his whistle, apparently.) This, however, isn’t my favorite True Faith song: it would be “Minsan (Lang Ako Umibig)”, the last track off their first best-of album released in 2000, which my father bought, which introduced me to a band I always heard of but never really got to listen to. That compilation also had “Muntik Nang Maabot Ang Langit”, which Ely Buendia name-checked on the Eraserheads’ “Kamasupra”. But I digress. Back to the song. Again, that whistle of submission. Oh, man, never mind. Like Jake Peralta to Amy Santiago last week. But, again, I digress. [NB]

Live things: Greenlight Music Festival 2013

The only good photo we have isn't that good either: Reese Lansangan (and a rock behind her) at the Greenlight Music Festival.

This review isn’t going our way. Rainy watched the Greenlight Music Festival, held at the Greenfield District last night, intending to do a review, but when she found out she wouldn’t have a camera, we ended up doing a roundup of her tweets from the event. So I made this custom timeline up. But WordPress’ Javascript allergy meant that won’t go live either. So we end up with this hodge-podge of tweets. It’s not fancy, it’s not ideal, but we have to make the most of what we have, eh?

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