In the mood to listen to something new? Well, you should check out Hong Kong-based Filipino singer-songwriter William Elvin’s debut single under O/C Records. After two decades of being an independent artist, the Pinoy crooner inked a deal with the Filipino record company.
His first release is a retelling of Ang Sabi Nila, which is popularly known as one of the soundtracks and highlights in the Mula Sa Buwan musical play — the Filipino adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, in which William Elvin had co-written with his friend, Pat Valera — the director and producer of Mula Sa Buwan.
The instrumental and vocal arrangement of Ang Sabi Nila for the musical play intends to sound grand and lush, but, in this new version produced under O/C Records, Elvin has a sparser approach for it scales back to the original arrangement, evoking a feeling of yearning, isolation, and loneliness.
‘Ang Sabi Nila’, written around 2002-2003 in Elvin’s hot and dusty bedroom in Fairview, Quezon City, chronicles the gentle stream of his past heartaches and former flames. “This song is basically about dwelling on painful memories, not just romantic ones, but every painful memory you carry as a person,” Elvin explained.
“I just want listeners to know that while it is okay to dwell on painful memories – whatever they may be, and we all have a few – the only way to move forward is to let go of it,” Elvin said.
Sounds like a nice song to listen to when you’re going through a breakup or just feeling down in the dumps, right? Plus, it’s always a good idea to support local artists. Ang Sabi Nila is now out on all digital streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and YouTube.