Ben&Ben has already made a mark with their songs that have been a modern OPM classic on expressing feelings and healing heartbreaks. But they unveil another side of them through their all-Filipino sophomore album Pebble House Vol. 1: Kuwaderno.
Last Friday, the band held their ‘Pebble House Warming,’ a playful name they spontaneously called the virtual huddle. During the session, they had the chance to share a little more about the album. According to the group, their fans or ‘Liwanags’ can expect the new tracks to have bolder songwriting and painstakingly produced instrumentals.
Apart from being named after the street they lived in, ‘Pebble’, it also represented the pieces that made up their discography. They explained, ‘We’re building something in every little thing that we do. And these little things are very much like pebbles. It’s like we’re building a house out of it. One pebble at a time.’
When it comes to communicating their self-reflection and journey, a kuwaderno (notebook) encapsulates it perfectly.
‘If you listen to the songs, they’re like a collective journal, so to speak, of our thoughts, feelings, and memories during these months,’ they explained. ‘Pero iisa lang yung kuwaderno naming siyam, kaya mag kakaiba talaga yung mga nakalagay dun.’
Ben&Ben’s latest offering mirrors how they became a little more honest with how they see the world, especially during a challenging time. Some tracks showing their transition are Kapangyarihan (Feat. SB19) and Sabel (Feat. KZ Tandingan). The former talks about how people of influence shouldn’t abuse their authority, while the latter highlights women’s empowerment.
‘The biggest difference is the weight of the themes that we chose to tackle here and the depth of which we tackle said themes,’ the band pointed out.
The nine-piece outfit also collaborated with other prominent artists from the OPM scene. The other songs include Swimming Pool (Feat. Chito Miranda of Parokya Ni Edgar), Pasalubong (Feat. Moira Dela Torre), Lunod (Feat. Zild and juan karlos), and Sugat (Feat. Munimuni).
The 13-track album opens with Kuwaderno, an instrumental that sets the mood and tone of the record; Kasayaw, a metaphor that alludes to the difficult question of whether two people feel the same about each other; Magpahinga, a reminder that one deserves to take a break; Elyu, a song about wanting to free oneself from unwanted memories; Ilang Tulog Na lang, a song on long-distance relationships; and Kayumanggi, an anthem that embraces the beauty and richness of Filipino identity.
Meanwhile, the track Upuan speaks about deep infatuation. It also serves as Ben&Ben’s latest music video, featuring local stars Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano. The band joins the pair as it shows a simple yet timeless story about prom and the jitters that come with finding the courage to ask someone out.
Ben&Ben shared that all their new songs capture something uniquely special to represent something at a certain point in time. They said, ‘We felt it would be important for our second album to be a work that brings us closer to our listeners and introduces them more to the wide spectrum of what we are capable of and of who we are as people.’
All the images used in this article are courtesy of Sony Music Philippines.