oUr PeBoRiT PiNoY P!O!P!

Intro of sorts, this blog is just a look at the past, present & future of the assorted music released by bands & artists in the Philippines & the numerous ones based outside the motherland...from Rock, Reggae, Alternative, Folk, Indiepop, Electronica, New Wave, Goth, Punk, etc. Well, some did ask me, why do I have to call it POP...'my music is this and that and it's anything but' you might say...well, click here for the reason. Anyway, turn up the volume!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Pure indiep!o!p! picks with Apple Orchard's Paris Was A Daydream

What if...you take two people...lock them in a room with a guitar, a casiotone, a bass guitar, some amps and a four track recorder...both of them itching to make lo-fi-melancholy indiepop gems...well the result might as well be early versions of Australia's The Sugargliders (both brothers!) or the UK's Field Mice or Blueboy (er, unfortunately, not brothers!) or luckily for us, we have Apple Orchard which is made up of brothers -- Ryan and Dale Marquez. They are based (sometimes) in Manila and (most of the time) in San Francisco.

Ryan actually started "Apple Orchard" in 1999, supposedly a solo project of sorts, just him toying around different instruments i.e, the casiotone and some generic drumbeats plus his guitar, he started collaborating with his brother, Dale, right before recording some songs for their first compilation in Manila in 2000.
They eventually ended up recording some songs which attracted some interest from several indiepop labels in Manila, in the US and in Italy.

In the next few years, Ryan and Dale would collaborate as Apple Orchard and at the same time play individually in different projects and various bands, with different musical styles, from Carnival Park, Sonnet LVIII, Dorian of Juniper Bells, Sodajerk, Soft Pillow Kisses, The Haircuts, Wadaiko, etc.

As Apple Orchard, the duo released "Paris was a Daydream", a cassette EP via the Italian Indiepop label, Best Kept Secret back in 2003. This tape EP has 7 tracks of pure unadultered indiepop, lo-fi bedroom-pop, tweepop, Sarah-esque music, or whatever you might feel like calling it...I'm pretty sure both of them would wear the badge with honour and would probably sing you a lullaby or two while you're at it. Anyways, get more info on the band on their website!

Apple Orchard - Paris Was A Daydream
(Cassette EP/Best Kept Secret/ LIE076/2003/ITALY)


Side A
1. (When Everything Is) Safer
2. Don't Pretend
3. Midnight Stars and Kisses
4. A Glance At Sunday

Side B
5. It Took You By Surprise
6. Scenes From The Sky
7. Autumn Kiss


At May 24, 2006 2:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! Thanks for the nice article. Just a correction though. We're now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, not LA.


At May 24, 2006 9:23 AM, Blogger ourpeboritp!o!p! said...

San Francisco na ba? great stuff!
in the land of Julie Plug...will change it!
Thanks, Dale!

At July 18, 2006 7:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm I love the idea behind this website, very unique.

At July 20, 2006 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your are Nice. And so is your site! Maybe you need some more pictures. Will return in the near future.


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