Folk artist syd hartha, 18, continues to take charge of her own musical and lyrical direction with the release of her new single “paruparo” under Sony Music Philippines. Brian Lotho and Not Vinzons recorded and produced the song in the Sonic State Audio studio in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
hartha sets a blueprint for young singer-songwriters to explore deeply personal and socially relevant themes in the face of troubling times. Her work threads a road less traveled by peers and contemporaries in the local music scene, navigating on narratives that are pulled straight from the headlines.
“It got to the point where I realized it’s time for me to step outside my comfort zone and make music with more power, something that speaks to a wider audience and can make an impact,” the folk artist said. “I’m given the opportunity to share my music and help raise awareness on important issues affecting the country. Since then, when something isn’t right or needs to be addressed, I knew I had to do the best I could about it, and I do it mostly through my music.”
With earthy, stripped-down arrangements that soar toward a climatic plane, hartha sings about how the power of words or even the absence of it can change situations and affect lives. She said, “If everyone is aware of how we could use the freedom of expression that we all have correctly, conflicts would lessen and understanding each other would be easier.”
According to hartha, “paruparo” is a song to remind everyone to “practice being responsible with our words and considerate of how others could take it.” The singer-songwriter added that she is a strong believer that “there is always a right time to speak and that some words are better left unsaid.”
Along with hartha on vocals and guitars, “paruparo” features Raisa Racelis on bass, Pat Sarabia on drums, Bea Fabros on guitars and Jason Gildore on percussions. The brand new single from Sony Music Philippines is now available on all streaming and download platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and Deezer.
Here is hartha singing “paruparo” live at 12 Monkey’s Music Hall and Pub in Pasig City, Metro Manila: