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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Bajula releases debut single 'Catching You'

11/07/2021 02:51:08 PM

After forming the group during the pandemic in do-it yourself style, Bajula has released their debut single, Catching You

“Catching You” was the last track to be written and produced off their soon-to-be-released record. Built around unassuming restraint and laid-back production, Bajula’s latest song finds both members—  Alvin “Vertigo” Guanlao and Jolo “Frazier” Juatco—singing about the pitfalls of a romantic relationship over ’90s-inspired R&B melodies and spare instrumentation. It’s a debut tour-de-force: a vintage slow jam whose production exudes confidence and flow, but never leaning towards the flashy side of things. 

This song was the first single since doing away from their previous project—the unapologetically, brash sounding Admiral Peppery. The debut single also showcases Bajula as a more polished, pop-oriented project that brings to mind a more contemporary version of New Edition or Keith Sweat. But instead of completely surrendering to the whims of mainstream radio, their music brims with experiments and sophisticated details done right. During the past few months, the eclectic duo began writing and producing songs that would form their upcoming 7-track album, Sensual Dance Club, in which Catching You served as its first single. 

Frazier penned “Catching You” during the momentum of a creative breakout, with the duo wanting to challenge themselves to create another song to complete the album. 
“I’ve always wanted to tell stories through flashes of scenarios instead of being direct,” admitted the synth player, keyboardist, and co-vocalist of Bajula. “I always had the urge to add an R&B-ish ‘mood song’ that tackles the more mature side of romantic storytelling. Catching You is confrontational as it is drunken: delivered from the perspective of someone talking to no one but himself, and admitting that there’s work that needs to be done in order for the relationship to work.”

The smooth, soulful track is accompanied by a self-produced music video that highlights their utter inability to look cool and serious. Dressed in canary suits and New Jack Swing-inspired visuals, both Frazier and Vertigo sways and grooves awkwardly while trying to win someone’s heart with their unpretentious impression of late ‘80s to early ‘90s R&B boyband music. 
“The concept was basically just us introducing our style and music to the public; it’s just the two of us singing and showing our awkward dancing skills mixed with some retro 80’s vibe,” Vertigo explained in a statement. “It’s a DIY music video directed by us and Hennie Ken Avila. He is also our sound engineer so working with him is always a breeze.”
The music video serves as an attempt to give their audience an idea on the actual song performance. “We did it all DIY,” shared Frazier. “As independent artists, it’s a humbling experience to take control of the visual narrative and reflect ideas on something that is representative of your art. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far as a creative team.”

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