REVIEW: Pamcy’s Binibini LP

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Up-and-coming DJ extraordinaire and electronic music producer Pamcy Fernandez released Binibini, her debut LP, which has now become one of the most addicting albums I have ever listened to. There is something incredibly human about Pamcy’s music that proves utterly relatable. More than just song titles that are named after mundane Filipino clothing or meals, Binibini is a completely instrumental album that provides strong, social commentary that is crucial to our society and culture today.

Pamcy has been very vocal about the better representation of female artists in the local music scene, and it shows with Binibini that she cares very deeply about that – especially with how she has crafted each song to represent the strength and glam of Filipino femininity. Never in my life have I encountered a full-length electronic album solely dedicated to women, and I greatly respect Pamcy for taking such a bold and important stance. Furthermore, even though the whole LP contains absolutely no lyrics whatsoever, the message comes across very clearly, and for that, I applaud Pamcy even more.

The production is clean, well-developed, and defined. I love and enjoy how Pamcy was able to consistently keep me itching to dance and party it out throughout the whole LP, which is definitely a hard task to accomplish. Beginning from the first track Beauty Parlor all the way to the LP’s conclusion called Monami, there are no breaths taken and no hints of slowing down. It is a well-rounded and energetic LP that keeps going but never overwhelms. 

There is something incredibly human about Pamcy’s music that proves utterly relatable. More than just song titles that are named after mundane Filipino clothing or meals, Binibini is a completely instrumental album that provides strong, social commentary that is crucial to our society and culture today.

The only issue you might encounter is the album’s tendencies to be repetitive with the use of the same drum patterns and the obvious similarities of each track’s sound design. Yet, even though the songs kind of sound the same, I believe that Pamcy creatively utilizes that repetitiveness to her own advantage by proving that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. There is a unity and completeness to the whole album that one cannot deny. Every song supports the others, and the familiarity of the production encourages the listener to listen to the whole album and not only the track(s) that are popular. However, to be absolutely honest, the repetitiveness does oh-so-slightly put me off occasionally, but I think that it is not a big deal. Overall, the album remains a well-spent good time, and I will gladly give it multiple listens in the future!

I am so glad that Pamcy released Binibini, and I appreciate all the hard work that this gem of a DJ has put into this record. Available now on a gorgeously designed cassette via Healthy Tapes, make sure to grab yourself a copy! If tapes are not your thing, then please stream Binibini on Spotify. You will not regret it!

 

REVIEWER’S RATING: 4/5 stars

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ABOUT THE REVIEWER: 

Yanan Melo is a Filipino writer, artist, musician, and producer. Hailing from Chicago, he continues to reach his audiences in the Philippines through social media and other means. He hopes to inspire others to use their gifts and talents, especially creatively, as to not put them to waste.
 
Melo has always been a music buff and is deeply in love with the Filipino indie music scene. This is why he chose to write for Indie Manila which is a community that he believes could make an impact locally and internationally through promoting the creative and artistic prowess of the Filipino.

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