Four years after he took you to Your Universe via his solo debut, former Rivermaya frontman Rico Blanco returns to the recording scene through GalactikFiestamatik, his second album.
“The title IS the genre,” says Rico about his new album, which will be released by Warner this June 2012.
The said album is said to contain a variety of sounds including Ati-atihan tribal drums and percussions, the beeps and screeches of analog synthesizers, the unlikely instruments in Blanco’s repertoire (a melodica, a lyre, a violin, a gigantic cowbell), and countless ‘found’ instruments (“There’s pots and pans, a section from my neighbor’s abandoned rooftop gutter, metal tubes and other instruments I got from the hardware store…”).
It is also interesting to note that GalactikFiestamatik was performed and recorded by Rico entirely by himself in his studio attic.
“I wanted this album to sound more abrasive, more flawed than correct, production-wise,” admitted the singer. “I wanted you to feel things, get annoyed by things, be distracted by one sound, fall in love with another…”
The carrier single is titled “Amats.” Rico says about this song: “’Amats’ was originally written for a band, major chords, pop rock—the kind of song you’d expect from me, melodic, sweet…then I wondered, what if I make it dark, talagang amats?” It becomes more dangerous…[to make] you feel on the edge, uncomfortable. I wanted it to be in your face, like a stalker you want to get rid of.”
Rico Blanco’s carrier single, “Amats,” will be broadcast on radio stations starting Monday, June 4, 2012.