Friday Fave: Feel the Same by Lougee

It’s Friday somewhere! This is still valid!

Here’s a little story: most of my afternoons from 4th grade to freshman year of high school (around 2004 to 2007) were spent doing homework on the dining table with my favorite local bands’ albums playing in the background. These bands were my heroes, and I looked up to them for making hella awesome music. One of these bands was Mojofly, fronted by Lougee Basabas. Naalala ko pa noong naging endorser siya ng Cream Silk (yata), at pag lumalabas yung TVC, napapatigil talaga ako para manood. 🙂

I haven’t been following Mojofly after their breakup but I do know they continued to make music, though with different acts. Last year, though, Lougee’s name came up on Facebook and Twitter feeds as she became a contender in the second season of The Voice of the Philippines, and Bamboo Mañalac took her under his wing.

But before her stint in The Voice, she released a single called “Feel the Same” with her eponymous band (according to their Amplify.ph page, it’s composed of Kiko Montecillo, Mark Gelbolingo, Ali Alejandro, Daniel Crisologo, Philip Queyquep, and of course Lougee).

I found myself listening to it again this week, humming it as I walk to the jeepney terminal when I go home from work. Hehe.

“Feel the Same” stays true to Lougee’s strength and background: pop-rock. Lougee’s vocals–not exactly drawling, but in a pace that is just right–weave in well with the steely guitars that make up for the rock part of the label. The harmonic guitar parts are great touches as well as it lends to the tender and feel-good vibe of the song.

The lyrics evoke imagery of light and lightness: light, summer, a kind of love that makes you feel high. And I’d like to think all the other elements of the song capture it well. The song radiates.

In its Amplify.ph write-up by Miao Olivar, it’s described as “fresh and familiar”, and I couldn’t agree more.

“Feel the Same” is available for download on Amplify.ph. Follow Lougee on Facebook and Twitter.

P.S. A demo of “Feel the Same” is on Lougee’s Soundcloud.

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Friday Fave: Peppermint Mocha by Loop

I swear to make Friday Fave a weekly thing again.

I was cleaning up my iTunes library a month ago and I stumbled upon LOVE FOOL: A Vandals On The Wall Mixtape, released February of last year. I listened to it again and found myself listening to tracks that I took for granted when I got the mixtape last year.

One of those tracks is “Peppermint Mocha” by Iligan-based band Loop.

It now has the highest number of plays in my library.

There’s a lot to like in this song, like vocalist Kim Trinidad’s effortless croon and the lyrics that hit you with the memory of longing for someone, particularly your high school/college crush. *cue the “Yihee!” from the back of the classroom*  I hear this song as a soundtrack to a romantic movie, especially when the lead guitar takes the spotlight at the 2:00 mark that results to the dreamy mood (side note: shit, I really need to get schooled in guitar effects), as dreamy as person this song is most probably directed to. I hear it as I see the couple hold hands in my head.

Other reviews of this songs might have described this as smooth as its eponymous drink, but I can’t help but repeat what they have said–it just is. Swabe and sweet, even as the vocals reach the higher notes towards the end.

I’ve yet to hear other songs by Loop, and I’m on the lookout for stores that sell their album here in Manila (EDIT: Looks like I’ll be heading to The Four Strings soon!). It’s pretty great that we’re moving our attention to regions outside Metro Manila for good indie music. It’s about darn time we shine the light on them, and thank heavens for the internet for making this possible.

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