Metro Manila-based shoegaze/noise pop-inspired band T f r has released their new EP entitled “Post-First”, in collaboration with DIY record label Calm Lake Records. The EP was recorded at Banana Rising Recording Studio and was engineered by Iñigo Mortel. It also features synth parts courtesy of Jed Tabago (Eiffel, Lara, South Ohana).
The EP opens with “The Vast Introduction” which features a sample of Martin Luther King’s inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech and a vocal style that mimics a Tibetan Singing Bowl towards the end of the track.
The second track “Isang Saglit”, which roughly translates to “One Moment”, is the EP’s sole track that’s written and sung in Tagalog which is quite uncommonly done by bands in the Philippine shoegaze scene.
The next track “Closer” is a love song that combines the band’s fuzzy/distorted shoegaze sound with clean, reverb-driven indie pop-inspired guitar riffs. Additionally, the band had previously released a music video for “Closer” that was shot and directed by AJ Abelardo (Tidal/Stillife).
The fourth track “TKIG (The Kick is Good)” is the EP’s heaviest, most guitar-driven track, as it is directly inspired by 90s shoegaze legends Swervedriver (specifically their sophomore album, “Mezcal Head”) and My Bloody Valentine. It also displays an angsty, powerful vocal style reminiscent of Guy Picciotto (Fugazi, Rites of Spring).
The final track, “Lullabies”, pays homage to post-punk bands The Cure, The Wannadies, and The Horrors with its ambient, avant-garde-like instrumentation and melancholic lyrics about longing for someone’s love and affection.
“Post-First” is now available for streaming/purchase on all online music streaming platforms. A physical copy of the EP can also be purchased by contacting the band or their record label Calm Lake Records on their social media pages HERE.