It's OPM Week, and what better way to celebrate it than getting to know some home grown musicians? Let Taylor Swift rest for now, Candy Girls, and indulge in some local music love!
1 The Ransom Collective
This six-piece band is not your usual Filipino band–instead of the usual lead guitar, bass, and drums, they also have a violin, tambourine, and even a lyre! All of these instruments mixed with hopeful lyrics contribute to happy songs that make you want to go on a road trip. Listen to their music here.
2 Oh, Flamingo
The members of Oh, Flamingo seem like goofy and carefree people and it translates to their music. Go on, listen to their song "June" and summon those summer vibes. Listen to their music here.
3 Bullet Dumas
With a name as unique as Bullet, you can only expect unusual songs from this singer. His songs may be about the usual suspects (love and loss), but his approach makes all the difference (hint: switching from English to Filipino, awesome guitar instrumentals). They may be hard to sing at first with all the tongue twisting lyrics, but you'll surely feel the emotions with his smooth voice and guitar riffs. Listen to his music here.
4 The Sun Manager
If you're looking for a more mellow sound, you should definitely listen to April Hernandez, also known as The Sun Manager (cute name, we know). Her smooth folk songs are the perfect soundtrack for nights when you can't sleep, and you're stuck thinking about life and everything in between. Listen to her music here.
5 Reese and Vica
You may know Reese Lansangan as a solo musician, artist, and fashion designer, but did you know she's also part of a musical duo? Known together as Reese and Vica, they sing songs of whimsy and wonder, guaranteed to fill you with magic and wanderlust (incidentally, their latest EP is entitled Those Who Wander). Listen to their music here.
6 BP Valenzuela
If synth-pop is more of your sound, you should definitely spin BP Valenzuela's acclaimed The Neon Hour EP. Her songs, which she wrote, and produced herself (in her room, no less), sure gives a lot of chill vibes for nights in or long drives. Listen to her music here.
Autotelic delivers fun electronic songs guaranteed to make you tap your feet (and maybe even dance, we won't judge). Their songs are catchy, their lyrics cheeky, and we dare you not to get LSS on their song "Misteryoso." Fun fact: our favorite singer Kai Honasan is a member! Listen to their music here.
8 Ourselves the Elves
Nope, they're not really elves. Ourselves the Elves brings songs that are simple yet striking, which provide a nice break from all the bubblegum pop you hear on the radio. Their music is the perfect chill soundtrack for lazy afternoons and long walks with your loved ones. Listen to their music here.
Siblings Micaela and Michael Benedicto take indie pop to a new level with their dreamy songs and perfect harmonies. Their songs are made for easy listening, and you'll surely find yourself nodding along to their upbeat sound. Listen to their music here.
If you like your music with all beats and no lyrics, Tide/Edit is the best way to go. The band plays instrumental rock, perfect for pumping you up and boosting your mood instantly. Listen to their music here.
Who's your favorite OPM artist, Candy Girls? Tell us in the comments below!