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Paulo Guico: ‘Limasawa Street’ stretched Ben&Ben’s songwriting, arranging limits

Paulo Guico, Miguel Guico

Paulo Guico, Miguel Guico

Led by twins Paolo Guico and Miguel Guico, Ben&Ben is set to release its debut album titled “Limasawa Street.” It took the Filipino indie folk-folk pop band three months to finish the recording of all the 13 songs in the album.

“‘Limasawa Street’ really stretched and explored our limits, in terms of both songwriting and arranging,” Paolo reflected. “During our arranging retreat, we tackled each song with a very particular mindset, but not necessarily a clear cut direction. There was a lot of sharing of different musical and technical influences, which resulted in arrangements that were all so different from each other but all still cohesively and distinctly Ben&Ben.”

This level of commitment manages to break sonic and lyrical barriers. It explores various music styles from world music to 1960s soul, jazz to choral music and employing afro-latin breaks, indigenous stylings, rock arrangements and other eclectic elements to their brand of radio-friendly folk-pop tunes.

Without releasing a proper full-length album since 2019, Ben&Ben has amassed more than 300 million streams on Spotify and YouTube combined and headlined concerts and festivals here and abroad. The nine-piece act has achieved critical and commercial success in less than three years, a proof that it is in for the long run.

Ben&Ben is ready to take their journey to the next level with the release of their debut album. The 13-track opus embraces the beauty of finding luminescence in darkness.

“Limasawa Street” will be available at booths near the concierge from May 10 to 12, 2019 at the Ayala Malls particularly Abreeza, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala Malls Legaspi, MarQuee Mall, Solenad and Trinoma. Fans can get a copy of the album on the band’s upcoming tour dates:

  • May 17, 2019: Marquee Mall, Angeles City, Pampanga
  • May 19, 2019: Harbor Point, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City, Zambales
  • June 9, 2019: Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
  • June 15, 2019: Ayala Malls Capitol Central, Bacolod, Negros Occidental
  • June 22, 2019: Ayala Malls Legazpi, Legazpi City, Albay
  • June 23, 2019: The District Imus, Imus, Cavite,
  • June 29, 2019: Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City, Cebu
  • July 13, 2019: Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
  • June 20, 2019: Ayala Malls Circuit, Makati City, Metro Manila,
  • June 27, 2019: Ayala Malls Solenad, Santa Rosa, Laguna
  • August 9, 2019: TriNoma, Quezon City, Metro Manila
  • August 17, 2019: Abreeza, Davao City

Meanwhile, here is the official lyric video of “Mitsa” by Ben&Ben:

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