Papunta Pabalik by Autotelic - A Review
Papunta Pabalik is an album that’s filled with melancholic feels and romantic longing. It’s a solid album for long trips after a feel-good weekender, or for Sundays when Monday’s looming right around the corner.
The album starts off with the upbeat Gising – an anthem of longing (a theme that’s continuously heard all over this album). This is followed by a relatively slow Languyin, a feel-good-slow-build-up song about going over and above the call of duty all for the sake of love. Both songs feature a catchy synchronized drum and bass (or instruments? Yeah maybe instruments).
Unstable, the third song in the album starts off at a slow pace and builds up as a head bopper. Synths and a slight change in the drums by the middle of the song gives it an upbeat plateau. It’s followed by Laro, a melancholy-heavy song that’s also partially hugot-esque. With its upbeat, pseudo-sixteen beat drums and synthesizers, it’s definitely ear candy.
Misteryoso is probably my favorite track on the whole album – it’s an innuendo, right? Kidding aside, by the songs downbeat you know it’s a catchy song. The riff on the chorus is just beautiful to the ears. It’s followed by Mapa, a song reminiscent of 80s pop, specifically, the ones in our parents loved locally. It reminded me of those 90s films with a dance number just before the conflict of the story.
Close Your Eyes is a different song compared to the first few songs found on the album. This song is where the alt part of the band’s alt-pop comes from – it’s dominated by a heavy bass line and a unique, but not too far from the rest of the album’s, guitar riff.
I find Balik, the album’s eighth song, almost similar to the previous tagalog songs in the album. Dahilan, on the other hand, sounds like a pop-punk effort by the band. It shows the range of influences the band has at its disposal. Although it might sound almost similar in parts with Misteryoso, it still has a uniqueness to it. Something of a mix between Sugarfree’s bass and drum verses and Taken by Cars’ blending in their choruses.
Hanap is a totally different animal compared to the rest of the songs on this album. It’s got a synth, bass, and drum combination that makes your head bop differently. The song feels more of a rhythm and blues song. The vocals are more soulful and the beats are simpler.
Overall, the album is solid thematically – both in its music’s delivery and the themes the band wants to convey. It’s an ideal companion for soul-searching trips; whether you’re in the city or out and about doing millennial things.
An alt-pop band that has the vocal rhythm of shoegaze and the beats and synths of the 80s. Autotelic is ear candy for people who want to hear their souls whisper their idealistic romanticism into their ears.