Shirebound and Busking Welcomes

a New OPM Era

with his Debut Album

by Maria Romero, May 22, 2019 3:50pm

Art by Dani Elevazo


Shirebound and Busking Welcomes a New OPM Era with his Debut Album

by Maria Romero, May 22, 2019 3:50pm
Art by Dani Elevazo

There’s a lot to marvel about Shirebound and Busking—his musicianship, deep resonating lyrics, and music regality. He is among the modern roster of budding musicians in our local music scene who leads the Philippine Music towards progress. Enjoying his music means enjoying his infectious positive vibes on live gigs.

Shirebound and Busking is a solo project of singer-songwriter and self-proclaimed Hobbit Iego Tan. Because Iego is admittedly having difficulties expressing himself verbally, he made sure to express it musically. With the help of friends like Ean Aguila of Ang Bandang Shirley and Mariah Reodica of Brain Twins, he was able to make his music come to life.

Seven years in the industry as Shirebound and Busking, he has released one EP Dalum At Hibas (2016)  and several singles among which are “A Million Little Things” and “Wes Song.” “Lloydy” from the smash indie film I’m Drunk, I Love You official soundtrack and “Waltz of Four Left Feet” from the poetic film Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa official soundtrack are two of his best-known songs.

Now, after months of masterful music writing and recording with Ean Aguila and collaborators Bea Lorenzo and Coeli, Shirebound and Busking’s 10-track debut album For The Princesses by Thieves o Mga Awit ng Hiraya sa Guni-Guning Sinta is here! But did it deliver?

Shirebound and Busking's album launch at Route 196. Photo by Marvin Chua

Shirebound and Busking’s album and merch are commendable for bringing back the nostalgia of listening song in DVD players. Each album purchase online comes with a songbook reminiscent to Song Hits Magazine with a surprise photo gallery and personal details written ala slum book.

Shirebound and Busking's album and merch. Photo by Dani Elevazo/Inside Manila

The 10-track album begins with “Pahintulot”, a song about offering one's heart and closes “LPL”, a song about goodbyes and new beggings to wrap up the album. The songs were carefully-arranged and weaved together to create a beautiful craft which inspires listeners to continue seeking the light at the end of the tunnel.

Shirebound and Busking and Coeli serenading people outside Route 196. Photo by Shirebound and Busking/Facebook

For instance, tracks like “Tunnel,” “Miss Mosh,” and “Bulan" showcased Shirebound and Busking as a songwriter while “Aninipot,” “Relapse,” and “Hexagonal” served as tracks that might badly drag sometimes when you listen to it at your lowest point. At best, For The Princesses by Thieves provides room to admire and indulge a music compilation while getting high on inhibitions.

Shirebound and Busking’s lyrics are a deep well of raw emotions—from longing to getting lost to finding oneself. Today, when musicians are hastening to make songs about love, heartbreaks, and moving on, Shirebound and Busking went beyond those usual themes and made sure to create music that also encourages listeners to hold on to the little things that keep them going.

This album has been a long time coming but everything—from the album cover to each song’s stanza—was worth the wait. It signals a brand new era of exciting music journey for Shirebound and Busking. With his new album, it seems like a whole new era awaits for Shirebound and Busking and we can't wait to see how he dominates our local music scene with his personal modernization of pop and acoustic music.

As for Shirebound and Busking, he no longer takes hold of his music once he released it to the public. So, go on and make sure to listen to this musical treasure. His CD and merch are available online and at Jess and Pat's in Maginhawa, Quezon City. Know more about Shirebound and Busking’s music and stream his songs online and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.


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