Mark Mirabuenos, a Bulacan-based artist and instructor created Running Out Of Ink as a personal musical outlet for expressing spiritual thoughts and struggles. The songs were
home-recorded and remained in the corners of SoundCloud for a few years.
Backed by Tenzi Records, the label of Mark’s mentor Acel Bisa-van Ommen, the band releases their debut EP Cascade: The Fall. It had been in the works for five years since Mark met indie producer Timothy Diokno of KillTheBunny! who was then an intern for the Christian publishing company where Mark worked.
From collaborating on kids’ songs and campaign jingles in the company’s recording facilities, Mark continued working remotely with Tim beyond his internship on Running Out Of Ink’s songs on free time, one song at a time, for a few years. The new EP is a collection of those songs.
Packaged with Mark’s personal paintings as cover art for each of them, the songs represent snapshots of moments in his personal spiritual journey. Rather than a work that tells a continuous story, the aptly named “Cascade” is a succession of differing stories, each having lyrics and a sound that is distinct from the other — at times with a near polarizing sense. Essentially, it is part artistic portfolio and part therapeutic diary of one who grapples with matters of life through the lens of an imperfect faith.
The collection opens with the melodramatic alt-rock “Nakikintal” done entirely with clean guitars and a mere hint of fuzz buried in the backdrop. The mood remains consistent with a cry for companionship and sympathy in “Can I Tell.” Mark then suddenly cranks up the guitars and loads aggressive dubstep synthesizers on a straightforward electronic groove with “Flowers Over My Head” to sing about. The next song picks up speed and goes straight into a rock anthem with the biblical Job-inspired lyricism of “Hubad.”
“Selina” drops the mood and brings the listener into an anguished introspective state with the help of post-rock and grunge elements. “Pansamantala” makes yet another drop and strips everything of anything but Mark’s raw lullaby delivery, lyricism and an acoustic guitar.
The EP’s closing track shoots back up at high-gain. But it brings with it the sparing melodramatic synth work reminiscent of moods from the tracks it followed as “Flow” seemingly voices its parting words to the listener’s awareness that “everything comes to an end”.
Stream Cascade on Spotify and all digital platforms here: backl.ink/146040579.