Thursday, August 16, 2018
Manila siblings Micaela and Michael Benedicto are Outerhope. If you don't follow them, you should, as their new album Vacation combines playful electronica and sparkling dream pop to create a transcendent listening experience. Dedicated to author and music critic Luis Katigbak, Micaela's late partner, it explores weighty themes of remembrance and loss, but does so with a beauty and charm that works as to celebrate Luis as well as grieve his passing. The chiming synths deliver an uplifting, summery warmth throughout, while the vocals .... well, all we can do is sigh and smile contentedly. Give yourself a treat, and stream "Holiday" and "Out to Sea" below. You will be happy that you did.
Shelflife Records page for Vacation