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New music spotlight: Syd Hartha’s “Kung Nag-aatubili”

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Syd Hartha is set to release her upcoming five-track EP in 2022, teasing us with the single “Kung Nag-aatubili,” a folk pop number that’s easily one of the best songs of the year. Photo courtesy of SONY MUSIC PHILIPPINES

The 19-year-old musician Syd Hartha fell in love with music during her early teenage years and then fell in love with the local music scene. She then decided to formally pursue music. In 2018, she began releasing singles and just a few years later, she’s already amassed a strong cache of songs, ranging from folk pop to city pop. Syd Hartha has also collaborated with several musicians, including Tokimeki Records, the Japanese project covering the city pop classics such as Maria Takeuchi’s iconic “Plastic Love.”

“When I write, I write about stories and as artists, we’re all storytellers and stories have this power na maka-heal ng mga tao,” she tells CNN Philippines Life through a video interview.

Syd Hartha is set to release her upcoming five-track EP in 2022, teasing us with the single and music video for “Kung Nag-aatubili,” a melodic folk pop number that’s easily one of the best songs of the year.

“I wrote this song a long time ago when I realized that I was starting to like someone, and I was already starting to let that person in my world, little by little,” the musician says about the song’s release. “Back then it just didn't feel right, and I feared the idea of getting to know me deeply and everything I’ve become. Looking at it in the present, I figured that these feelings are a by-product of the inner wounds, and my inability to move forward from the things that happened in the past. This also serves as an important lesson to me, that when I decide to commit to love someone, I should love them for who they are now, and accept them for what they’ve been through.”

Below, watch her talk more about her songwriting process and how she fell in love with music.

Interview and video by SAMANTHA LEE