‘Piraso’: Powerhouse foursome creates song about healing, faith

Photograph courtesy of waterwalk records Jarlo Bâse, Barbie Almalbis, Pochoy Labog, and Mark Escueta.

Alt-rock icon Barbie Almalbis, Rivermaya lead singer/drummer Mark Escueta, Dicta License vocalist Pochoy Labog, and rising singer-songwriter/producer Jarlo Bâse have joined forces to create “Piraso.” a powerful new song about healing and faith.

According to Almalbis, it was Jungee Marcelo who invited her to join the project.

“I have always been a fan of Mark and Pochoy, and I was also looking forward to working with Jarlo because Jungee really looked up to him as a young producer. We started writing the song virtually, just exchanging ideas via a chat group, then eventually met up in person to tie everything together,” said Almalbis.

“On the day we finished writing the song, we made a makeshift vocal booth in our house, which turned out to be a great sounding room for vocals. Pochoy then went home to do the bass track. A few days later, we hung out at Mark’s studio to finalize the drum parts. I did a bit more guitar work at home, and Jarlo did the rest of the production, recording his vocals and adding piano, samples, and synths in his own place,” she added.

For his part, Labog recalled that “We flowed so well and nothing was forced. Writing the lyrics was like being in a discipleship group or household — we plugged in words while sharing life experiences and our own walks with God. It was one of the most profound moments in my musical journey.”

Escueta and Bâse are hoping that listeners would take the lyrics of “Piraso” to heart. It is, after all, their collective take on overcoming depression and anxiety caused by hardships such as the health crisis, and leaning on faith as the source of comfort and healing.

“Piraso” can now be streamed on all digital music platforms.

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