Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life had its showing last week in Philippine shore. The hullabaloo about the film was built by its Palme d’ Or snatch at the Cannes Film Festival plus Brad Pitt’s enduring allure among the Filipino audience. Terrence Malick is mainly known to some by the credit of The Thin Red Line, the film that went head-to-head with Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan in 1998, or possibly the Captain John-Pocahontas inspired The New World. People who have seen The Tree of Life would agree both hands raised that it is easier to write about the demerits of the film more than the reasons why the film captures so much “grace and nature” of the human condition. Philippine screenings of the film revealed so much of our heritage, our ballsiness and our influences that dictate our taste even in art. During the screenings, people walked out of the cinema- in two’s or at times in several groups, though the bowing out did not come as a surprise. Read the rest of this entry »
Anthony Gonzales had tried so hard to be unnoticed with his moniker as M83. But with the release of his Saturdays=Youth in 2008, it was doomed to fail. The frenchman electrogod made some serious work with Daft Punk, Deftones, White Lies and a Brian Reitzell collaboration for Red Riding Hood before this new album teaser is released this week. Promise of Beck and Zola Jesus heightens the anticipation for the his latest release. Meanwhile, the teaser shows a different theme for Echoes, more expansive yet still has that 80’s vibe going.
“Quiet is the new loud” would be a total understatement in describing Gem Club’s music. Christopher Barnes (piano/vocals) once quoted someone that their music is soft-music pop and he agreed about the question mark at the end of the operative pop. Christopher and Krysten Drymala’s astonishing Acid and Everything does not really harbor on the territory where most acts now are busily paddling on. The possible leitmotif that Gem Club sails on, evident on the group’s EP, is the one where listeners go to when they seek refuge, when they cannot attune their feelings on what is currently happening. If our emotions are like hidden cave signs ruffled in confusion, Gem Club’s music acts as ciphers to this human experience solely experienced by each of us on our own. How many times have you gone through your record collection to look for a song that best fits what you are feeling at that time? How many times have you failed at it? Gem Club’s pastoral beauty lies in its ambiguous lyrics that can be relative or completely alienated from a singular theme yet too affecting, too exact through Drymala’s gentle, hypnotic work underpinning Barne’s words.
The group recently announced that they have joined Hardly Art for their debut album and alongside this feat is the release of the title track “Breakers.” In this track, the group still employs their style of layering soft, whispering vocals over full length, flowing piano while drifting with cello touches spurned in the background. With only eight lines over the 2:50 track, Gem Club paints a hymn about departure, of “the graceless years are gone.” Persevering with their enigmatic style of writing, the track still opens itself to more interpretation, maintaining that gleaming quality where you can own the song, place your feelings on it and take mold of it on your own call. This quality, this power is where Gem Club remains too hushed compare to a roar but too honest it cuts so deep.
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