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Over October breaks the mold with first Tagalog song “Sandali Lang”

Over October breaks the mold with first Tagalog song “Sandali Lang”

Acclaimed Filipino band Over October is breaking the mold with the release of their first Tagalog EP “Sandali Lang.”

The song is under Island Records Philippines and MCA Music Inc.

The famed quartet finds accomplishment in trying new things by writing a heartfelt tune in Tagalog for the first time.

Meanwhile, they stick to a broadly appealing sound.

It gravitates toward an irresistible blend of alternative rock, ‘80s pop, blues, and indie rock. 

Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Josh Buizon points out,

“We didn’t have a specific vision for how we wanted the song to sound. We just drew inspiration from different kinds of local music – different genres and eras.” 

The songwriting process

Over October gathered in La Union for five days to arrange material, along with the rest of the new tracks.

They finished the songwriting session over at Discord, with a rough batch of songs in tow.

The band sought guidance from sound engineer Peavey Nicolas and award-winning producer Jazz Nicolas from The Itchyworms.

The duo helped them fine-tune and polish some specific details, such as implementing a key change on the second and last chorus and suggesting a new way to arrange the guitar parts.

Lead guitarist Josh Lua shares,

“I think we were a lot more comfortable this time since this is already our third track with them and the recording process for this song (and actually the whole EP) is unique in the sense that we lived together in the studio for two weeks. On our first day there, we played the original arrangement of the song. After hearing it, they gave their inputs and two days later, the song sounded so different and so much better.” 

A song for the better

“Sandali Lang” is an emotionally captivating song that tackles the feeling of falling in and out of love.

While Over October’s previous songs talked about rejection and embracing optimism, their latest song mines the pain of breaking up with someone.

Also, it sings of emerging to becoming a better person after weathering the storm.

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In the words of the band,

“The act of letting go is also an act of love in itself.”

Buizon adds,

“The song speaks about two people, one who thought that everything was okay and going well, and the other, who was slowly falling out of love throughout their relationship. Sandali Lang focuses on how the person that was left behind can’t understand why and has so many questions in their head trying to figure out what went wrong.”

A star-studded music video

The rollout of Over October’s comeback EP is accompanied by a new music video.

It stars Gawad Urian 2020 Best Actor and Gameboys star Elijah Canlas and actress Miles Ocampo.

The music video, directed by Carl Chavez, is set to premiere on August 26, Thursday.

Listen to Over October’s new EP ‘Sandali Lang’.

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