Singer-songwriter Bayang Barrios, together with her band Ang Naliyagan, is set to release a new album eight years after her last album in 2013, Malaya.
Titled Sariwang Hangin, Bayang hopes to bring the “sariwang hangin” to those who will listen to the songs in her album amid the pandemic.
She tells PEP.ph through a text message, “May kanta ako sa album with the same name, at sa aking pananaw, if the pandemic has taught us anything, nagkaroon tayo ng re-evaluation ng mga bagay-bagay sa buhay natin.”
With the pandemic, people have been accustomed to wearing masks, lessening the moments for us to feel some fresh air outside our homes.
Bayang added, “Things we took for granted, katulad ng sariwang hangin, ay parang mga araw dati, bago magpandemya, na wala tayong nababalitaang mga kaibigan o kamag-anak na namamatay (pero ngayon halos linggo-linggo).”
“Bukod doon, naka-mask na tayong lahat habang namumuhay at lumalabas ng bahay. Sobrang sabik na tayong makaihip ng sariwang hangin.”
Aside from that, it also felt like breathing some fresh air for Bayang when she and her band collaborated to write the songs in the album.
“Nagsilbi ring sariwang hangin para sa akin at sa banda ko ang pagsulat at paglikha ng album na ito. For a few precious weeks naging creative kami, at musika ang nasa isip namin.
“Harinawa, magsilbing sariwang hangin rin sa mga makikinig ang mga awiting ito.”
Today, June 12, Bayang’s first single in the album titled “Atin Lang Ito” comes out on Spotify, YouTube, and Facebook.
The first single talks about an “affair between someone married and another partner, who symbolized all the love that they wanted to feel, and to receive in a relationship.”
The song depicts how the affair, despite being illicit, made these two people learn to love themselves “as they reveled in one another.”
Bayang explained, “Pagmamahal that they had not felt up 'til that point. Lahat ng pangamba, lahat ng insecurities, lahat ng hang-ups nila natunaw sa relationship.
“It was fleeting, it was illicit, and it was not meant to be, pero it allowed them to learn to love themselves as they reveled in one another.
“It is a song about secrecy and intimacy, and knowing what you want, whatever the cost.”
Other singles from Bayang's Sariwang Hangin are expected to come out in the coming days.