Revel in Collective Sadness With BP Valenzuela’s Latest EP
by Inside Manila Team, November 25, 2019 2:01pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Even before her rise as an electronic music artist, BP Valenzuela created half-lit, a side project where she returns to her roots without the soundboard that she’s known for. Here, she crafts a dedicated space for a quieter, almost unbearably intimate facet of herself as a musician. BP fans will be glad to know that it is releasing its first EP.
Before its first public performance in 2015, half-lit had already long existed online. Valenzuela created a SoundCloud page for half-lit, where its followers can expect a departure from her typical pop sound. Over time, the project expanded as it touched the innermost feelings of its listeners.
Beyond being a side-project, half-lit is a transcript of Valenzuela’s late-night musings, melancholic emotions, and the awareness of her loneliness. Yet, listeners find solace in the lyrics, accompanied by gentle instrumentals.
half-lit is more than Valenzuela’s second persona. The artist explains it best herself in the original SoundCloud page. “It is something else altogether: a way to reach other people. A way to revel in collective sadness. Suddenly I’m not as lonely.”
Five years after the conception of the side-project, Valenzuela released its debut EP Paradigm Shift, which ventures into a more intimate and organic sound. The six-track record includes the singles "fri the 13th," "cruising on a wavelength," and familiar tracks like "backspace me," and "constantly."
Stream Paradigm Shift on music streaming and downloading platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Bandcamp.