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Dumaguete’s Hidden Gem, Meagan Trees and Her Debut Single “Haven”

March 28, 2017

Christine Mazur

The melancholy sweetness of Meagan Trees’ voice cannot hide the force of nature in her quietly confident delivery and rock-steady guitar playing. Music pours out of this young girl like a cool breeze on a summer’s day, but is lyrically and emotionally delivered as a dramatic mountain landscape. Meagan’s first single “Haven.”

Nature and love of life influence this Dumaguete-based singer-songwriter, who cites Lisa Hannigan as her biggest songwriting influence. Though some have compared her sound to that of Australian electronic duo Vallis Alps, few who have heard her can really compare her to any other artists.

Meagan Trees. Photo by Miles Brandon.

As a child, Meagan always loved singing. While she took some formal guitar lessons at age 11, she soon stopped and instead played along with Youtube videos. “Having a guitar teacher felt like an obligation to learn, rather than doing it because you love what you’re doing,” Meagan explains, “but it helped me start up my interest of playing the guitar.” While growing up, she listened to 80’s music her father played, along with Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, John Mayer, The Beatles, and Irish indie singer Lisa Hannigan.

For a long time she mostly played covers, her favourites being old songs from the likes of blues artists like Nina Simone, Peggy Lee and The Beatles, but also Frente, and Sixpence None The Richer. As a Biology student living in Dumaguete, she would jam with local artists regularly including members of a blues and jazz fusion band, a reggae group, and local indie artists. However, after attempting to audition for a spot on a compilation project album run by The Belltower (an organization that supports local artists), she was motivated to work harder towards a goal of being an original songwriter.

Cover Art Painting and Design by Jofre

A big break came when Meagan spontaneously performed with Dragonfly Collector, when he passed through Dumaguete on his Philippine tour, The World Is Your Oyster eventually leading to a single recording project.

Meagan’s first single “Haven,” is available as of March 10, 2017 on digital stores worldwide.


Listen to Haven on Spotify


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The Camerawalls Are Back With A New Single, “Boys in the Backroom”

March 3, 2017

Christine Mazur

boys-in-the-backroom-the-camerawalls-cover-art

Cover Art by Mark Villanueva

Put on the headphones. Turn up the volume. Hit ‘play’ and close your eyes. Let the groove fill your head. A little scrappy, a little edgy, and a whole lot of attitude. The Camerawalls are back with a new single, “Boys in the Backroom.”

The Camerawalls 2017

Photo by Angelo Maniquis

When last we heard from these boys, they had embarked in the direction of lush, beautiful harmonies and visions of love in exotic lands with “Wanderlust” released in August of 2012. Lead singer Clem Castro’s vocals remain perfect, pure and precise as they were back then, but this time, there’s a no-nonsense mature coolness to his delivery that goes deeper than his shades and his rock-solid rhythm guitar. With a wickedly delightful descending chromatic chord progression, Castro’s guitar matches bassist Law Santiago’s hard-hitting foundation while new Camerawalls addition (but old high-school band mate to Castro who also played bass on his solo Dragonfly Collector album, “The World is Your Oyster”) Venj Gatmaitan’s wah-sounding guitar fills wanders unapologetically all over the riff. An electric organ completes the sound of the ‘60s on top of Bach Rudica’s crisp, creative drumming – The Stone Roses, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf – it’s the leather pants-wearing, motorcycle diaries, magic carpet ride side of those butterfly-collar-filled flower child years. Gone are the twee peg-legged hipster Camerawalls. This new sound is big baggy blues and full of business. Catch and count all the literary references you can just for fun, and linger over the lyrics and the sly mysteries they hide.



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Listeners can expect to hear more from The Camerawalls along this vein (think The Stone Roses or The Charlatans) as they prepare to release a new album before the end of 2017.

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