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Rising sibling alt-pop duo No Lore illustrates their music journey through their EP ‘Outlines’ – Manila Bulletin

After striking the indie scene with “Paumanhin” and “Papatungo”, together with having their songs featured in the iWantTFC series “Sleep with Me”, the sibling alt-pop duo finally paints us a collection of songs about their music journey through their debut EP “Outlines”.

As for No Lore, this EP is called “Outlines” because it depicts their journey as they navigate a blank canvas full of hope and creativity in music form. Their music bursts forth a colorful display of alt-pop while it “explores life’s grandest themes of love, heartbreak, and the light and darkness of living—most of which are just outlines of what’s to come, and the unending possibilities that await our journey as a duo” says Tita Halaman and Jerald Juatco on their debut EP.

“Outlines” consists of six (6) original tracks and one (1) cover rendition of Kate Bush’s 1985 hit single “Running Up That Hill” which is one of the crowd favorites during their gigs. The EP starts with No Lore’s debut single “Lou”, which is a Scot word for love, but the song speaks of the denial of love itself.

With its upbeat and catchy melody, powered by its poetic lyrics, Lou captivates its listeners in a lovely yet haunting moment of love, sadness, and hope. Lou narrates the story of a girl named ‘Lou’ whose fear of fighting for the things she loves kept her from love itself. “This song perfectly captures that desperate persistence of love and courage” No Lore shares.

Before launching the music video for “Lou”, a webisode series called “Lou and Sam” directed by James Ocampo and starred by actress Fiona Yang and Ashe Uy (who previously starred in the Filipino musical “Rak of Aegis”) was launched. It gave us an in-depth view of Lou’s story of love and the denial of it.

After getting that dose of kilig and sadness from “Lou”, No Lore gives us a song about the beauty of chaos and loyalty with their hit single “Paumanhin.” “Paumanhin” is that go-to song about the nature of a love persevering despite the incompatibilities. With over 200K streams on Spotify, “Paumanhin” got featured in several Spotify editorial playlists including “Pinoy Indie Mix”, , “Tatak OPM”, and “OPM Rising”. After the premiere of the iWantTFC series “Sleep With Me”, “Paumanhin” gained more attention not just to music enthusiasts, but to all kinds of listeners out there, gaining new fans, and putting No Lore in the limelight they deserve. 

The next track “A Leo” tells us a song about falling in love in the most unexpected way. The song gives us a love story between someone who is born under the zodiac sign Leo and a person who is not their type. “We used the metaphor of a person born under the zodiac sign Leo, a fire sign with a symbol of a lion, who is known to be brave, courageous, proud, and attention-seeking. This Leo felt strange falling in love with someone who is absolutely incompatible with what a typical Leo wants.” No Lore said.

Right after falling in love with “A Leo”, No Lore navigates the path of unrequited love with their song “Papatungo”. With its upbeat melody and quirky vocals, one would mistake that “Papatungo” is a happy song – as it feels like a song that could make you bop your head to the beats of a heartache. 

With live music events going back to its tracks, we’ve seen No Lore performing from one gig to another with their sessionists this time —giving their fans a full live band experience that will leave you dancing and bopping your head to the beat of heartbreak and hope.  We can only expect No Lore to continue making excellent music from paintings with poetry as they gradually build a name for themselves in the underground and mainstream scene.

Right after “Papatungo”, No Lore takes us to their first independent song “With Little Light” which the sibling alt-pop duo self-produced and promoted way before they were signed under the indie record label Off The Record. 

“With Little Light’ is my favorite song on this EP as it was the first song we produced without major help. Every time I hear it, it makes me think back to the time when we were learning to produce music, plan its release, and promote ourselves as No Lore. It’s a song that reminds me of all the hard work that we are getting today.” says frontman Jerald Juatco. 

After a trip down memory lane, No Lore gives you a stripped and more intimate vibe with “Paumanhin-acoustic” as requested by their avid listeners. This is a more relaxed version of “Paumanhin” that would certainly be playlist-worthy for your cozy hugot days. 

No Lore ends the EP with a unique version of Kate Bush’s 1985 hit single “Running Up That Hill”. After gaining attention from the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things”, the duo decided to do a cover of “Running Up That Hill” during one of their live streams in kumu, and it was certainly an instant hit and sure crowd-pleaser. 

With live music events going back to its tracks, we’ve seen No Lore performing from one gig to another with their sessionists this time —giving their fans a full live band experience that will leave you dancing and bopping your head to the beat of heartbreak and hope.  We can only expect No Lore to continue making excellent music from paintings with poetry as they gradually build a name for themselves in the underground and mainstream scene.

 

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