The first single from Ben&Ben’s upcoming sophomore album is out, and it’s a nostalgic trip that brings back the thrill of young love.
“Upuan” was released on streaming platforms on Friday, May 7. It was written in Dumaguete in 2019, when the band arrived at their hotel after a show.
The song makes use of various images to depict what the band describes as “the palpable romantic tension that arises from friendships that are formed by sitting next to each other, and the adventurous conversations that ensue.”
“We incorporated a more visual style in the song, painting a picture for the listener and transporting them to that familiar place, of falling in love with someone they just met, whether that is in a classroom, by the beach, at a restaurant,” they said.
At the same time, the band’s signature folk-pop style is punctuated by samples of birdsong, crashing waves, and rustling trees, adding a naturalist element to the arrangement.
The band shared that the sound of “Upuan” was inspired by their environment and being surrounded by nature in the house where they currently live together.
“The earthy, ethereal soundscapes, and that sense of sonic adventure came from the fact that we just moved in together, and being in a new place surrounded with summer vibes and nature elements helped shape our expression of our new song. We feel very blessed to be close to nature in this season and it’s almost like a tribute to their beauty that we included them in the song,” they said.
The song was written and produced by Ben&Ben. It was co-produced and mixed by Jean Paul Verona, and mastered by Leon Zervos. Recording took place in the band’s home studio, with the help of Verona and sound engineer Sam Marquez.
The band is currently working on their second album.
“Since the production of this song, we’re continuously working on all the other songs that will complete it. We’re really pushing forward in terms of experimentation and diversity of sound in the songs,” they said.
Check out the lyric video for “Upuan” here: