The loyal fans of Gracenote woke up to a very wonderful surprise as the band dropped a brand-new track “Apektado”, out now under Universal Records.
This latest release from the pop-rock quartet was a sheer delight for their Gracians, since there was no prior announcement or teaser leading up to the drop. Just last week, Gracenote serenaded their fans in a special “Unelectrified” online gig broadcasted on their official Facebook and YouTube pages so who would’ve thought that they’ll unveil a surprise track, right?
According to band vocalist Eunice Jorge, their original plan is to never release new material this year since their aim is just to further promote their latest full-length album Small World.
“Hindi talaga kasi namin plano maglabas ng single this year. Nakafocus talaga kami sa Small World album. Sunud-sunod naming nirerelease ‘yung mga singles pero ‘yun nga, since naging victim kami ng pandemic nahihirapan talaga kami talagang i-promote siya kasi designed siya na tugtugin on ground at talagang i-tour namin siya. So yun, medyo naging iba ang proseso ngayon,” Eunice shares.
Yet, the unexpected happened during the last quarter of 2021. An abrupt material saw the light of day and it thoroughly resonated with Eunice. Thus, “Apektado” was born.
She adds, “So kahit wala kaming plano magrelease ng single outside Small World, biglaang nagkaroon ng material. At noong narinig ko ‘yung material sabi ko, ‘kung kailangan ‘to i-release this year, kakantahin ko ‘to with Gracenote’. So doon na nagbunga, tuluy-tuloy na. Ni-record at binuo na namin siya agad.”
Eunice also describes “Apektado” as a song about that feeling when jealousy goes way too deep and starts to consume and poison your whole being.
“Yung apektado kasi na word, para siyang selos… pero in a deeper level. Kasi ‘pag sinabi mong selos, iniisip mo lang,‘di ba? Nababaliw ka. Pero ‘pag apektado ka na, nararamdaman mo na siya. So ayun ‘yung interpretation ko sa song.”
“Kapag pinakingan mo ‘yung lyrics napaka straightforward n’ya lang.”
The band aimed to craft such an artistically melancholic OPM track, the conventional rock ‘n roll way. Unlike Small World, they decided to set aside electronic elements for this one.
“For this single, iba ‘yung sound nito sa Small World. Hindi kami naglagay ng electronic sound sa song. Gusto naming maramdaman ‘yung emosyon tsaka kaluluwa ng Gracenote sa Apektado. Inareglo talaga namin siya na organic. Nakakaexcite rin. Parang surprise treat na rin namin siya this December. Parang gift naming ngayong Christmas, as in ilalabas namin siya na walang teaser,” E happily tells. The song was recorded at Velvet Playground and was produced by Gracenote.
You can now listen to “Apektado” on your favorite music streaming platforms under Universal Records.