Just one year after striking it gold with not just one but two monster hits, Gracenote remains a formidable force not only in the local rock scene but in the Original Pilipino Music landscape as a whole.
Although the group composed of Eunice and Jazz Jorge, EJ Pichay, and Tatsi Jamnague has not released a full-length album since 2016's "Transparent," a slew of single releases and timely smart collaborations continues to expand their already solid fan base.
Last year was a particularly strong year for the band when they scored two of their biggest hits with their propulsive cover of Stevie B's "When I Dream About You" and "Bakit Ganyan Ka?", a romantic ballad recorded with Parokya ni Edgar's Chito Miranda.
Gracenote even managed to end the year on a high note with an equally LSS-inducing cover of Rico Blanco's "Antukin."
The band's hot streak continued when they started the first quarter of the year with the one-two punch of "Here I Go Again" and "Invisible" as well as the belated release of the lyric video for "Flynn Rider," a 2016 collaboration with 6cyclemind.
It's only the third quarter, but Gracenote is not through releasing new music. Recently, they released the synth heavy "Baso at Bote" which this early already ranks among their Top 5 most streamed songs in Spotify where they have over 400,000 monthly listeners.
And then there's the soaring "You Are Loved." a song the band recorded for the mental health awareness campaign of the fashion brand Mossimo. The upbeat tune has an anthemic vibe similar to Coldplay's "Viva la Vida."
Eunice Jorge, the band's lead singer and chief songwriter, said that while all of the songs she has written for the band are very personal, "You Are Loved" is particularly special.
"When Mossimo asked me to do a collaboration with them and write a song about mental health, I realize how privileged I am to contribute something to this meaningful campaign. Right after our meeting, I was able to finish the song," Jorge recalled.
"While I was writing it, it came out naturally as if someone pressed the play button in my head. Like someone is singing it to me. I felt comfort. And I hope it would also bring light to whoever gets to hear it."
Jorge further shared that she and the rest of Gracenote know people who suffer from mental health disorders and points to "emphatic listening" as one way of letting them know "you understand what they’re going through."
Formed way back in 2008, Gracenote has undergone its fair share of line-up changes and gradual shifts in musical direction.
Asked how they keep their sound fresh and find inspiration for writing new material, Jorge said everything they’ve experienced contributes to their ongoing musical odyssey.
"We usually just go with the flow when we make music. Through the years, we've developed our musicality through our experiences," she noted.
With plenty of new songs for fans to sink their teeth into, Jorge said that there are more new songs to follow and a new album will be released soon.