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Friday, September 25, 2020

Project Orange "Play Pretend" in new single

09/18/2020 12:49:38 AM

Project Orange has released a new song that deals with the growing pains of romance.

Since its formation three years ago, the pop band from Bacolod City, has made two songs that made them one of the promising acts beyond the borders of the City of Smiles. Through “Ctrl + Esc” and “Sputnik Sweetheart,” the quartet earned their chunk of streaming listenership on cities such as Taipei, Manila, and Hong Kong.

Formed by vocalist/guitarist Diana “Moose” Mapa, guitarist Ann Marie Pillado, bassist Martin Garces, and drummer Miguel Gabriel San Miguel, Project Orange returns with a distinctly laid-back affair that chronicles the growing pains of young love and the unsteady circumstances that define it.

The new track “Play Pretend” boasts a sophisticated blend of bedroom pop and indie rock that promises to captivate listeners. The four-piece outfit employs a lush and dream-like palette in terms of musical approach, fully embracing a deceptively simple arrangement that wouldn’t feel out of place side by side with the breezy pop sensibilities of Clairo and Boy Pablo. 

“Too many people get caught up with the immense amount of music elements these days and I try to avoid that,” lead vocalist Diana Mapa said in a statement. “The additional portions like the distorted guitar and synths were suggested by the producers in the studio and it added a stunning perspective to the song.”

Steeped in melancholic pulse, “Play Pretend” provides glimpses of a promising music act informed by the sound of its time but never allowing trends to envelop the finality and packaging. It’s all heart, less feels: the more you immerse to the song’s intimate revelations, the closer it hits home.  

Lyrically, “Play Pretend” demands to be felt. With its wandering verses, a bridge that makes you feel like you're at a wit's end, and a chorus that hits you with a sanguine yet somber tune, the song represents built up feelings that will never see the light of the day. Mapa shares, “It’s like you’re running out of time, but at the same time, you aren’t. And that distorts what you think of love, whether it be imaginary or reality.”

Distributed by Lilystars Records, Play Pretend can be heard on various digital listening platforms.

Author: slickmaster | © 2020 The SlickMaster's Files

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