9 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a stellar and beguiling debut—2010's Summer Heart—Mikey Maramag continues the journey as Blackbird Blackbird with an EP that also has a few remix tracks. It's a gorgeous offering to fans who've been patiently waiting for more. The first tune, "It's a War," is a dreamy, enveloping number built on simple piano notes, hazily echoing guitars, a relaxed dance beat, and Maramag's melancholic vocals. The most striking element, however, is a raft of guitar notes that almost feels out of place in the dusky, inward-looking tune (think early Cure meets Washed Out). The notes flutter with clarity in a melody that's oddly comforting and familiar. Most of Boracay Planet is like that: seemingly simple tunes pull the heart and mind with gentle coaxing to join the glittering and slightly narcotized party atmosphere. "All" features more spiraling, tunnel-like guitar and synth work; it's topped with scattered synth notes that mimic steel drums but clearly live in the digital world. Talk about mood; Blackbird Blackbird is a master of the stuff.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a stellar and beguiling debut—2010's Summer Heart—Mikey Maramag continues the journey as Blackbird Blackbird with an EP that also has a few remix tracks. It's a gorgeous offering to fans who've been patiently waiting for more. The first tune, "It's a War," is a dreamy, enveloping number built on simple piano notes, hazily echoing guitars, a relaxed dance beat, and Maramag's melancholic vocals. The most striking element, however, is a raft of guitar notes that almost feels out of place in the dusky, inward-looking tune (think early Cure meets Washed Out). The notes flutter with clarity in a melody that's oddly comforting and familiar. Most of Boracay Planet is like that: seemingly simple tunes pull the heart and mind with gentle coaxing to join the glittering and slightly narcotized party atmosphere. "All" features more spiraling, tunnel-like guitar and synth work; it's topped with scattered synth notes that mimic steel drums but clearly live in the digital world. Talk about mood; Blackbird Blackbird is a master of the stuff.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Matt-Chu ,

Keep It Up Blackbird Blackbird!

Boracay Planet is awesome. I've been listening to this on loop the last few days and every track is worth the buy. Wonderfully crafted tunes from Blackbird Blackbird, Keep It Up!

Tim Shundo ,

👍

I've been out of the Blackbird Blackbird loop for a few years. This is an awesome, evolved sound. Pure love.

Debbiethedoorknob ,

Nice

Beautiful Album.

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