“A Different Playground” by Karylle (2015)

2015 is proving to be a fruitful year for my favourite Filipino musicians. June Marieezy surprised her fans with a Valentine’s Day EP Throw Away Love Songs, Bamboo Mañalac returned to his rock roots with Bless This Mess. B.P. Valenzuela came out with The Neon Hour and Sam Concepcion released 1Sang Daan.

Also came are more of the bands. From Yolanda Moon’s rocker slash ethereal sound in their debut single Leaving Soon to Jensen and the Flip’s debut album Honeymoon, which seeped of love and throwback vibes.

But excitement-wise, nothing came even close to when my favourite OPM singer Karylle released her sixth album A Different Playground (or #ADifferentPlayground for all the fans on Twitter), fizzing of positive energy, sunflowers, horns and soul.

Where her previous album K went for a more extroverted and bubbly direction, A Different Playground is faithful with its title, delving deeper in a darker route and manipulating pop and jazz elements to colour the world through Karylle’s eyes. Sunflowers, Half A Million and final track Tenderly do this best, using sultry and sensual elements reminiscent to Desert Drama and even Zsa Zsa Padilla track Nag-iisa. It’s the trumpet sound that easily made it my (current) favourite track.

But songs like Baliktanaw and carrier single Can’t Shut Up brightens the album back up, reminding listeners of Karylle’s penchant for dabbling with multiple genres at once and putting them all in one record.

Other than Tenderly, I’ve got to commend the similes and wordplay in Sunny Daze. Maybe the Barbra Streisand reference was on purpose? Because it really worked here. The simplicity in the lyrics and the guitar is very Karylle: songs about the happy little things in life that manage to stamp themselves on the heart.

I was only disappointed that the album contained eight songs, less than ten like her previous EP. I’m hoping album number seven has the standard ten to twelve tracks!

Recommended tracks: Tenderly, Sunny Daze and Paano Ko Tuturuan ang Puso

Download now!

Web Map:

Twitter: @anakarylle

Instagram: @anakarylle

iTunes: A Different Playground

A Different Playground (Physical):

– Astro Virramall, Greenhills
– Astro SM Megamall
– Astro Robinsons Ermita
– Astro SM Mall of Asia
– Astro SM Aura
– Astro Glorietta, Makati
– Astro Greenbelt, Makati
– Astro Podium
– Astro SM Fairview
– Astro Fairview Terraces
– Astro The Block, SM North Edsa
– Astro Trinoma
– SM North Edsa Record Bar
– SM Megamall Record Bar
– SM Fairview Record Bar
– SM Makati Record Bar
– SM Mall of Asia Record Bar
– SM Cubao Record Bar
– Landmark Dept Store, Makati
– Landmark Dept. Store, Trinoma

– Troy (Karylle’s #1 London fan)

Published by troycabida

Troy Cabida (he/him) is a Filipino poet and producer based in south west London. His recent poems have appeared in TAYO Literary Magazine, harana poetry, MacMillan and bath magg. He is a producer for London open mic night Poetry and Shaah and co-founder of Liwayway Kolektibo, an arts and culture network providing space for UK-based Filipino/a/x creatives. His debut pamphlet, War Dove, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2020. Photo taken by Ray Roberts.

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