46 Hope St., the band signed by Widescope Entertainment which debuted this year, has delivered four digital singles so far, so good. 

Local music is filled up with slow-tempo, melodramatic songs that basically reflect the hurt being experienced by everyday Pinoys, may it be romantic or domestic in nature. To hear an upbeat track that grooves in several ways and of which offers a thought that is engaging is always a welcome breather.

The trio of 46 New Hope St. certainly knows how to provide the hook and funkiness to deliver the goods in their new single “Palaisipan” set to be dropped in digital stores today, Sept. 30.

The song is the band’s fourth release in their debut year. It is composed by the band’s lead singer, Meds Rana, and distributed and published by Widescope Entertainment. That label is helmed by the trio of Vic De Vera, Neil Gregorio, and Ebe Dancel whose collective, commendable track record in the music and advertising field ensures that everything that comes out under their watch is aimed at nurturing original Filipino music in this new, albeit challenging decade.

Meds, who plays guitars and synth, couldn’t ask for a stronger rhythm section composed of bassist Ryan Gonzales and drummer Aaron Dolleton who likewise provide backing vocals.

“Palaisipan” alludes to life as a complicated puzzle, meaning that the more one tries to solve it, the more complicated it gets. The idea is inspired by a recurring pattern of conflicting life moments as experienced by Meds himself. For this song, in particular, he looked at the roller coaster of emotions that came when 46 Hope St. was discovered by Widescope Entertainment as he dealt with family concerns at the same time.

The chorus goes, “Parang palaisipang ayaw magpalutas ang aking buhay / Ang hanap ko lang naman ay kasagutan.”
For the discerning ears, the answer come into its musical arrangement and overall recording production that make the song strongly present and empowering.

The artwork to 46 Hope St. song ‘Palaisipan,’ an updated Manila Soundish track dropped in digital stores Thursday, Sept. 30. 

“Palaisipan” took shape at the Big Baby Studio, with the recording engineered, mixed and mastered by the band’s technically gifted collaborator Peavey Nicolas.

The song lyrically stands on a couple of short verses that sound poetic and intriguingly relatable. First verse states, “Tuwing may nangyayaring mabuti sa buhay/ Di ko naman maramdaman dahil may gulong sumasabay.” The latter verse notes, “Laging may dahilan para magalit. Ngunit may paraan upang mapawi / Ang nasa isipan lumalagi ang siyang sa buhay mo maghahari.”

“Palaisipan” adds to the fast-growing catalogue of 46 Hope St. Their three previous singles are “Parisukat At Bilog”, “Bituin,” and “Bago Matulog.” Obviously, a lot of exciting sounds and ideas are floating around the group’s home base.     

Available in all streaming platforms of note, “Palaisipan” promises to be a track that’s bound to be studied by the critics and enjoyed by listeners just wanting some good lick and feel-good audio spectacle.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2021/09/30/opm-grooves-in-46-hope-st-new-single-palaisipan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=opm-grooves-in-46-hope-st-new-single-palaisipan)