B. P. Valenzuela
B. P. Valenzuela
She has gained traction with the fancy, exuberant internet single "Pretty Car" and be/ep's single, the quiet and introspective "General Scheme of Things". Her songs touch on the gray area of heartbreak, where pain meets joy, where memories meet the present, amongst themes of alienation and her coming of age against the backdrop of meticulous, moody, and catchy electropop. "With an EP wittingly titled BE/EP, this young lady creates ambient electronic music which lyrics aren’t based from your usual perky love stories. Having a knack for literature, BP writes her music at ease whether she’s at her bedroom or at a common ground in school – mixed with beeps, beats, and various samples, BP’s music is quite a curiosity you’ll be delighted to have." ––– Team Manila "...[It is] her music that makes her so well-loved by many of her admirers and peers. This young bedroom musician and electro-pop stylist first had ears turn in her direction in late 2013 via a few self-produced original songs and covers on her Soundcloud page, and her subsequent be/ep garnered her serious attention with its languorous, lo-fi production and lovely, mostly forlorn tunes.
And then BP suddenly threw a musical curve ball last year with the release of “Pretty Car,” an upbeat, spit-polished pop gem co-produced by Nick Lazaro (Twin Lobster, Moonwlk, Birdforms), which featured her most audible vocals to date. The new tracks that followed (“Building Too,” “Even If You Asked Me,” and the most recent “Steady”) all highlighted a similar, made-for-radio sound, offering a taste of bigger things to come for this talented wonder-teen. " ––– Pinoytuner "She’s only 19 years old — born in 1995 — and has been in the scene for only a year but pretty much everybody in the scene is excited for BP to release her first full-length album, Neon Hour, in March. Riding on the back of her five-track EP, BE/EP, released in March 2014 “at Route 196, on a Wednesday Finals night,” her upcoming album is atmospheric and sparse, with excerpts from the likes of American poet Edwards Estlin Cummings and dialogues from the movie Almost Famous carefully tucked into the wide musical landscape that she's produced." ––– Coconuts Manila "BP tried recording her first songs in her early teens, and ended up with a rather unpleasant experience. Sure, it’s hard to be taken seriously at such a young age, but BP took it upon herself to learn music production because of it.
There are people who dream, and there are those who make things happen. BP has more passion and discipline at 19 than most people ever really do, which is why she quickly made a name for herself not just in the electronic music scene, but in the whole local industry. " ––– Juice.PH "But that’s how the quality of her work shines: in its uncompromised honesty. After all, she chose to probe into the core of music’s lifeblood: the state of being." ––– Vandals on The Wall (#1 of 2014's Essential Filipino EPs) "BP Valenzuela combines raw feelings with the slow electropop beats and the result feels organic.
Not many are able to achieve such a natural sound with buttons, knobs, and synthesizers. Melancholy is the unifying theme of the album, which makes relating to the songs easy." ––– Spot.PH (10 New Local EPs and Albums Worth Checking Out) "BP Valenzuela’s debut five-track EP, be/ep, is quiet catharsis. She distills feelings of love and loss through electronica, giving soul to the genre’s mechanical nature. Her music is ambient and minimalistic, with rich vocals that know when to hold back. Each track is deliberate and introspective, like thoughts run rampant on late nights spent alone.
Valenzuela makes mixing layers upon layers sound deceptively simple, which further emphasizes her technical expertise. Above all, she manages to condense everything she’s listened to into completely new forms without compromising the soulfulness that makes her art truly stand out." ––– Vantage Magazine (The GUIDON) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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