As soon as it became clear the new normal is here, Ivory Music and Video put out its mid-year releases.

A discovery from “Tunog Bago sa Tunog Kalye,” Tank B has released his first-ever single titled “Life.” The upbeat song is about living the best life possible, with a purpose, and the hope to inspire others to live fully without regret.

“It’s about telling everyone how to live your life so well even w/o material things! It is also a message to seek your own identity, whether you’re an artist or not…basically just loving’ the life you have!” said the Pinoy gold medal-winning dance choreographer-turned-singer-songwriter.

The transition happened gradually. His extensive experience as a dancer and a choreographer has given him energy and motivation to connect with artists worldwide.
Iktus breathes new life to that Orient Pearl-classic “Pagsubok,” a powerful song about overcoming life’s struggles and challenges.

The song was produced and recorded by members Augusto Mendoza, Andrei Panaligan, CJ Panaligan, and Andrew Panaligan at home during the quarantine period.

The four-piece pop rock band won the Sun Broadband Quest 2013. Their sound is alternative pop rock. They are a Christian band that’s why their songs deals mostly with the topics of love, hope and positivity.

Out of gratitude to frontliners, Meg Zurbito releases “Salamat,” originally written to help raise funds for the scholars of Parc Foundation.

The 21-year-old artist started performing in gigs in 2018. She has calming voice, just perfect for acoustic guitar accompaniment and that indie folk sound.

She takes inspiration from The Beatles and fellow OPM artist Clara Benin.

Chris Sta. Romana’s “Still Call Me Home” is about finding love in this modern, interconnected world and then staying true to that person through good and tough times.

The artist has been playing music since the age of 13. His musical influences include John Mayer, Lauv and HONNE. Chris does busking from time to time.

Hip-hop muse Lirah has song that showcases her powerful yet sultry voice. “Bakit Hindi” is the follow-up to her hits “Sahod” and “Mahal Mo Pa Ba Ako?” featuring Bosx1ne and Flow G of Ex Batallion.

The new song is about a girl who is uncertain of the feelings her male friend has for her even asa she begins to question her own feelings. The song is composed by Lester Vano, who composed Shanti Dope’s viral hit, “Nadarang.” The music video was shot just using a mobile phone.

Lirah entered the music industry at age 13. She joined and finished strong on GMA 7’s reality singing competition “Protégé: The Battle for the Big Break.” Her performance impressed judge Gloc-9 so much that he took LIRAH under his wing.

“Takbo” may be Room for Cielo’s least “intricate” song yet. The track is special in that it has a “shifting perspective” throughout the song.

The first verse of the song is about how the 2nd person has been hurt and is afraid to love again. The second verse then becomes about how the 1st person has felt the same as well. But it all culminates to the underlying message of the song: don’t run away from a love we could run towards instead.

The sound of Room for Cielo takes inspirations from the ‘80s, ‘90s OPM era. The band consists of Pael Gutierrez (vocals), Daryl Cielo (guitars/vocals), PJ Ballares (bassist), Emile Bagtas (keys), Ezra Caliguia (guitars), and Justin Felias (drummer).

Source: Manila Bulletin (