#MusicPH - Filipino alt-rock visionary Rico Blanco releases stirring synth-pop track “Palibot libot”

In his brand-new song "Palibot libot," Rico Blanco examines the ambiguity that exists between friendship and a romantic connection. It was released via Sony Music Entertainment. The track was allegedly inspired by one of the characters in a recent series that the award-winning Filipino artist shot in La Union.

The narrative of the song, however one-sided, is "anchored precariously on someone's steadfast loyalty," and it is blunt about the fact that love is not always synchronized. It has drawbacks, but that is part of its allure.

Originally intended to be recorded with a simple acoustic guitar arrangement, “Palibot libot” explores a more synth-pop direction that unfolds with a soaring chorus and minimal ambient touches.

While Blanco has written and produced songs with prominent synth elements in the past, from his time as the keyboardist for Rivermaya in the 1990s to his electronic music experiments on the critically acclaimed solo album Galactik Fiestamatik, his new song feels like a monumental execution that comes from a place of earnestness rather than merely trend-hopping.

The end result is, as one might anticipate, a proudly but unmistakably Rico Blanco composition: a polished pop song that creates an impressionistic portrayal of calm and assurance.

The release of “Palibot libot” comes after the prolific musician staged a successful solo concert at the Araneta Coliseum last September 11, 2022. Met with glowing praises from the attendees, the Big Dome show finds the alt-rock visionary performing some of the most iconic songs from his decades-old discography. Blanco also debuted “Palibot libot” live during the concert, and announced its surprise drop at Monday midnight, September 12, 2022.

Rico Blanco’s “Palibot libot” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.

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