The voice was from the man who, for one album, was known as Jesus Ventura. He has since gone back to his original name -- Ely Buendia. As soon as he gave the word, his co-creators Yan Yuzon, Dok Sergio, and Wendell Garcia arrived not with blaring trumpets but with slacking guitar aggression and trudging beats of power not heard since the Big Bang. Amid a barrage of saccharine excuses for rock and pop music, Pupil has returned with their third album, "Limiters of the Infinity Pool. But it is this very concept that Pupil attempts to challenge.
The new album is a sonic journey through densely-layered guitarwork courtesy of Buendia and Yuzon with steady-but-somehow-sonically-acrobatic rhythm section courtesy of Sergio and Garcia. Disconnection Notice - Pupil (5) - Wildlife (CD first single, "Distortion," is an indictment of today's media-driven and consumerist mindset. The new single, "TNT," however, features a more radio friendly upbeat arrangement that suggests a search for That Elusive Something.
He later dares listeners to submit in "Pusakal" watch out for that brilliantly arranged bridge. Classic word wizardry emerges in the uptempo "Obese. Pupil has never been an Ely-only show. Sergio's in-your-face "Pikit Butas" reveals that things are not what they seem, while "Pampalakas" features a moody synth arrangement if those were live drums made to sound electronic, I say "awesome" that segues to the steady "Deft Mechanic.
All in all, Pupil's third album is masterfully crafted, and possibly one of the best albums of If Filipino bands were this deliberate and ambitious, then we have a lot of good music in store for us. While the album doesn't stray too far from Album) predecessor, the excellent Wildlife, Limiters resonate a certain understanding of what is new and what is current. Here is a band that is able to evolve while holding their ground and staying true to their sound.
On Limiters, it becomes evident that Pupil has matured. Their use of layered instrumentations send you back to the good days of bands like Smashing Pumpkins and Interpol but they do so just as they can, bringing to the table a modern sound that is uniquely theirs.
Like a pupil pardon the pun in the midst of dilation, Limiters of the Infinity Pool allows its listeners to see the light of these musicians technical prowess and succumb to the variety of eargasmic music they have to offer.
Limiters of the Infinity Pool is an album that doesn't want to merely be a footnote. With it, Pupil sets the tone for what should be aspired of Pinoy rock: world-class, entertaining and most importantly constantly-evolving. In a community where saturation can sometimes be a problem, Pupil definitely keeps things fresh. Its 4th year anniversary celebration gig at Skydome, SM North Edsa last week simply showed Album) real is the labeling. Fans practically left their chairs as they all flocked together in front of the band, trying to get a closer look at the four grown-up musicians.
But a closer peek at the proceedings would tell the fans were there for the group and its music. Kahit nung E-heads pa lang ako, I was really torn.
In one sequence, all other elements bow to his edgy, brave rolling. The performance mirrored what Pupil is capable of doing: surprising their fans and doing something out of the box. All four members bring with them their own history as music fans. How Pupil Became Pupil Close friends and musical soul mates, Pupil hit the studio and churned out Beautiful Machines in about 6 months.
The melodies were simple, the chord progressions, warm and engaging. The rhythm section was tighter than ever, and the lyrics bore a childlike honesty. It was said that the magic of his music, which went down in history as having defined the youth music world, not to mention record breaking record saleswas back after a brief sabbatical to recharge. Never mind the dips and swerves, though -- it works, and well enough to solidify this disc into something even the ska holdouts will deem worthy of repeat spins.
Only the politically disenfranchised require advance warning: by the time the album is three-quarters done, an excess of loaded lyrics could prompt their permanent disconnection from the band, and without warning.
Jazz Latin New Age, Album). Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Album) Date February 15, Guys Night Out Hanging Out. Track Listing.
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