Indie pop band The Camerawalls is releasing its latest digital single — “Wanderlust” — today, August 8, in anticipation of their very first regional tour, dubbed “Wanderlust: The Camerawalls South-East Asian Backpack Tour,” later this month.
In an unprecedented move, the band will be donating seventy-five percent (75%) of the digital sales of the single for the months of August and September (roughly the duration of their tour) to aid victims of the recent floods in the Philippines, most especially the waterlogged capital of Metro Manila and its outlying areas.
The Camerawalls makes the gesture partly in empathic response to the devastation wrought on their countrymen by this most recent calamity, and particularly because one of their own, guitarist George Carillo, experienced firsthand the debilitating effects of a flood-damaged home and the loss of a beloved pet.
Pay $1 (or more) for a song, save a life
Starting noon today until midnight on Sept. 30, each purchase of “Wanderlust” will contribute to relief efforts organized by DAKILA -Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism (www.dakila.org.ph), together with Ride & Rock Relief (www.facebook.com/RideRockRelief).
DAKILA is a group of artists and individuals fostering social consciousness in the promotion of societal change; meanwhile, Ride and Rock Relief is a collaborative project of DAKILA, in partnership with other like-minded organizations, which pools care packages and basic necessities for calamity victims.
“Wanderlust” is made available at a flat rate of $1 (USD) on Lilystars Records’ official store/merch site powered by Bandcamp. However, buyers who wish to be more generous may choose to pay more than the asking price of $1 — in short, as much as they can afford to give to the flood victims in exchange for a song — by directly purchasing “Wanderlust” via Lilystars Records.
The pledged money will be used to buy relief goods that will be delivered to calamity victims in the various evacuation centers. Local buyers may also opt to participate and witness the exchange of goods and volunteer in relief operations. Buy this track now by following this link:
Downloads are available in MP3 320, FLAC, MP3 VBR (V0), AAC, Ogg Vorbis or ALAC format.
Postcards from the band
The first 100 buyers of the single will receive via snail mail a free postcard autographed by the band, with a thank you note for their contribution.
The memento is characteristic of the band’s penchant for sharing their travel experiences, which started when they embarked on their first “proper” tour, “Pamagdoy: The Camerawalls Visayan Tour,” last April.
In fact, “Wanderlust” the single was conceived partly during The Camerawalls’ ambling five-city tour of the Visayas, and partly during breaks from the long hours of rehearsal back home in Bulacan, prior to recording sessions.
Endless horizons are waiting
The downtempo tune, produced together with Pen & Ink Manila, prompts the listener to sigh for the nomad’s life, if not immediately bring out the backpack and slip on a pair of walking shoes.
There is a seductive, winsome quality to the music, as singer Clementine ventures that “endless horizons are waiting” — at least for those who wish to experience all the magic and color to be had on an “eager flight from daily life’s rigidities.”
“We live to have experiences, collect memories, gather dreams of someday and fulfill what we can,” Clementine has said previously. “And I use my talent to immortalize these thoughts and show it to others in the best possible way I can, through songs.”
True to its name, “Wanderlust” is an invitation to explore, to discover, to breathe, and to take a moment to appreciate what life on the slow lane has to offer. Paradoxically, what can be deemed an escapist venture is very much grounded upon reality — the road, after all, is not without its risks.
“Wanderlust” is the most recent digital single to be released by The Camerawalls under Lilystars Records, following “Awit ng mga Detinidong Pulitikal” (Song of Political Detainees) co-produced by the Concerned Artists of the Philippines last July, and “The Sight of Love” in February 2010.
For more information on the band’s upcoming tour, visit their website at http://thecamerawalls.com and subscribe to email updates.
Photography by Joser Dumbrique & Dominic Calalo
Clothes & Styling by Jane Cometa
Shot on location at the Manila Yacht Club
Special thanks to Pen & Ink Manila, Requiem Rising SG, Milano, and i2i
Written by Clementine
Music by Clementine and George Carillo
Executive Producer: Pen & Ink
Produced by Clementine & Robert Javier
Recorded and Engineered by Robert Javier and Chisanthony Vinzons
Mix and Mastered by Jonathan Ong
Recorded, Mix and Mastered at Sonic State Audio, Mandaluyong
Performed by The Camerawalls
Clementine – vocals/acoustic guitars/octavina
George Carillo – electric guitars/backing vocals
Law Santiago – bass/backing vocals
Bach Rudica – drums/percussions
Cover Art and Design by Justine Basa