After years of being a notable name in the independent music scene, Autotelic has posied to become the next big thing in the pop music scene as they released their debut label under MCA Music titled “Papunta Pabalik.”
The much awaited album, contained 10 tracks, including the carrier single “Gising,” a song about wake-up call from daydreaming, saving from the drowned feeling of being “too good to be true” in love.
The six-piece band called their music “Iyak Sayaw” – a fresh and very modern sound but blending with the 80s or 90s vibe. Band vocalist JohnVillena explains, “Masasaya ang tunog at tono ng mga kanta namin, pero karamihan ng lyrics ay malungkot o di kaya ang pagkaramdaman ng nostalgia.”
Asked on how does he felt to be signed by the major label, here’s his response: “The moment we were signed by MCA Music, the feeling did not sink in immediately. We were all processing our thoughts and never have we imagined becoming an artist of a major music label. ”
For Villena, “Papunta Pabalik” is considered a personal gem, depicting the experience and journey, and most of the songs – which penned by the vocalist – were based on true experience. “As I move forward and go on with my life, I always look back to the past. Kadalasan mahirap lang makakalimot, kahit alam mong dapat ay isunusulong mo na lang ang buhay.”
The band added, “Para siyang rollercoaster ng emotions ng bawat isa sa amin.”
Papunta Pabalik features Autotelic’s new tracks such as “Languyin,” a song about facing and accepting all the challenges you encounter when you want to achieve something, whether in life or in love; “Unstable,” a song depitcing an unstable relationship between two people, but end up being inseparable. Another new song Hanap, is described by Villena as “about pagigising sa umaga’t mapagtanto na siya pa rin ang gusto mo at nais mo siyang makita.”
“Misteryoso” was the band’s very first written song. “Tungkol naman ito sa pagkaakit ng isang tao. Hindi niya inakalang ganoon katindi ang pagkakuha ng kanyang atensyon ng isang babaeng sandali lang niyang nasilayan.”
“Close You Eyes,” talks about not giving up on yourself, while “Dahilan” is about on the verge of giving up on relationships and even had a real flavor as Villena explained it was inspired by a personal experience. “Ang malapit nang pagbitaw sa isang relasyon dahil malalim na ang naging sugat at hindi na ito maayos-ayos.”
“Mapa” is about seeking for inspiration from your loved ones, while “Balik” is looking beyond age and having regrets in the past.
Autotelic described the recording process as very fulfilling despite getting stressful at the same time. Compared to their release of independent album, this time, the recording process was more planned. And working with someone they barely know well helped them a lot.
“Before we stepped in the recording studio, we made sure that each song was properly plotted out and that each member had a significant role,” said Josh Villena. “Magkasundong-magkasundo kaming lahat sa studio at masaya kaming katrabaho si Marc (audio engineer). Tahimik at mapayapa kung saan kami nagrecord. Stressful din siya at some point at siyempre hindi naiwasan ang pagkapagod ng mga tenga. Minsan umabot pa sa nakakatulog na kami habang inaanalyze ang mga kanta, haha! As much as possible din, dapat kumpleto kaming lahat tuwing session. Kailangan naming ang utak, tenga, at opinion ng bawat member.”
Autotelic is a six-piece Filipino pop/rock band comprised of Josh Villena (guitarist and lead vocalist), Kai Honasan (Keyboards and vocals), Neil Tin (guitars), EJ Edralin (synth), Timothy “Pabs” Vargas (bass guitar) and Gep Macadaeg (drums).
The album “Papunta Pabalik” is now available in CDs at leading Astroplus and Astrovision and through digital downloads via Spinnr and iTunes and streaming also at Spinnr, Apple Music, Spotify and Deezer.
For bookings and inquiries, contact MCA Music Artist Management at +639209682991 or email [email protected]. For more updates and information on Autotelic, log on to the following pages: Facebook- MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines), Instagram- mca_music, Twitter- @mcamusic.
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