Ben&Ben‘s new song “Langyang Pag-ibig” chronicles the inevitable disintegration of a romantic relationship. It is the nine-member pop rock band’s latest single under Sony Music Philippines.
Twin brothers Paolo Benjamin Guico and Miguel Benjamin Guico are the Ben&Ben lead vocalists and acoustic guitarists. Their other bandmates are lead guitarist Poch Barretto, drummer Jam Villanueva, bassist Agnes Reoma, keyboardist Patricia Lasaten, percussionists Andrew de Pano and Toni Muñoz and violinist Keifer Cabugao.
Witnessing how a burning love ultimately ends up in a disaster, Ben&Ben writes a song that wades through a bad breakup with the stinging anger of someone struggling to put their life back on track. Arranged with classic rock bigness and percussive elements, the song packs a devastating punch with a chorus that articulates one’s feelings of being betrayed.
“It’s the song where we flexed our musicality the most,” Ben&Ben explained in a statement. “It’s three songs in one song but it still sounds like one song.”
“Langyang Pag-ibig” was recorded at Spryta Studios in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It is the same place where the entirety of Ben&Ben’s multi-platinum debut album “Limasawa Street” was also recorded.
Ben&Ben produced “Langyang Pag-ibig” with Jean Paul Verona, who mixed it with Sam Marquez. The song was mastered by Leon Zervos.
“We’ve always wanted to make a song with this vibe and we think the songwriting in itself begged for it,” Ben&Ben shared in a statement. “It helped that Jean Paul and Sam were very familiar with the vibe we were going for and that helped create the general mood and sound we wanted for “Langyang Pag-ibig’. We also balanced elements and see how high we could take the themes.”
According to the band, “Langyang Pag-ibig” was approached in the familiar way their songs were recorded. Its nine members jammed it first a couple of times and arranged it together slowly as if building a house of cards.
Ben&Ben’s “ Langyang Pag-ibig ” is out now on all streaming platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines. Here is the song’s official lyric video: