Pinoy indie pop/rock band releases ‘Tuloy Tuloy Tuloy!’

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF sony music entertainment THE Vowels They Orbit band.

Filipino indie pop/rock band The Vowels They Orbit has finally released their sophomore extended play album, Tuloy Tuloy Tuloy!, the highly anticipated follow-up to their acclaimed first record, Ang Unang Ikot.

Released under Sony Music Entertainment, the new EP shows lyrical and music growth without losing the well-rounded charm that made them an instant favorite when they first came out.

Thematically speaking, Tuloy Tuloy Tuloy! speaks about never letting heartbreak get the best of you, and braving the world with newfound determination even when life gets more challenging than usual.
The EP also deals with the concept of taking charge of your own story to make it a better one, and embracing the brokenness inside with the wishful thinking that you’ll heal and improve someday.

The Vowels They Orbit’s new EP is produced by Rye Sarmiento, guitarist of 6cyclemind and Banda ni Kleggy, and was recorded in his studio, Backdoor Recording Studio, during a six-day lock-in session in 2021. Inspired by iconic alt-pop acts The Cardigans and Moonpools & Caterpillars, Sarmiento wanted to capture the ‘90s sound in terms of arrangement and vibe, but made it a point to retain the band’s indie pop influences with a more organic, rock-oriented direction.

“We also gave attention to the performances of each member, doing what they do best individually while still keeping their chemistry as one band,” said Sarmiento.

The majority of the songs from Tuloy Tuloy Tuloy! were written and sung by lead vocalist/guitarist Nikka Melchor. Keyboardist Hannah dela Cruz wrote and performed “Clutch,” and Jeremy’s father, Ponciano Sayas, penned “Here In My Arms,” in which drummer Jeremy is a featured vocalist. The end result is a project that feels singular, yet distinctly unique in their surprising ways.


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