Photo courtesy: Philippine Star
The first time I heard (or read) about The Ransom Collective was in a section of a local daily. The young band was featured to be something to look forward to because it has been starting to make waves in the mainstream music industry, along with Autotelic and other indie artists.
Curious enough, I zapped my current tab to YouTube and the first song that caught me was Fools. The song was catchy enough that I listened to more of their songs until I could not get enough of it. It was a love at first listen.
The Ransom Collective is a Filipino indie folk band composed of its founder, vocals, and guitarist Kian Ransom, vocalist and percussionist Jermaine Choa Peck, keyboardist sisters Lily and Muriel Gonzales (also violin), bassist Leah Halili, and drummer Redd Claudio. It was founded in August 2013.
It was the idea of Ransom to form a band with a fellow Hunny Lee, the first drummer, and the others except Claudio. Claudio only came in after Lee returned to South Korea to render his military service duties.
The group proved their chemistry after winning the Wanderland Music and Arts Festival 2014 pre-event band competition, Wanderband and since then, their magic just spread. They were able to produce their self-titled EP in September 2014 featuring their debut single, Fools. It was then followed by the album Traces in May 20, 2017 featuring the singles Settled and Open Road.
And recently, they had a collaboration with the music industry’s John and Gab of Urbandub in the music show Coke Studio Philippines. Following their process of producing new songs make me love them more.
There have been so much written about the band. They are ubiquity online is overwhelming. So I will just share my personal favorites from this brilliant band.
Playful yet reflective. That laid-back feeling in the midst of deep-thinking.
Those were the words I can best describe while listening to the songs of The Ransom Collective. I kind of regretted how I let days past before I wrote about them. I just couldn’t help how their songs are making me feel every time I listen to them while in a commute to work. Their music, the enchanting sound of glockenspiel and soothing violin, the amazing vocals and the lyrics is an alchemy. It either changes my mood or sets the tone for the whole day and every song just suits every time of the day.
I don’t know. Maybe it is the youthful vibe that these young artists channel that make you feel inspired. And most of the songs talks about freedom and letting loose in life and the thrill of taking risks in pursuing your happiness. Perhaps, their songs appealed to me most because I am a millennial, the generation who loves being carefree in their choices, who yearns to express themselves without being judged, and who are so driven and who always wanted to be independent. I admired the group’s kind of energy and attitude and versatility. I haven’t found the interview but Kian shared that they tried each others instruments and they all nailed a performance.
I am a fan now. Have them in your playlist!