Taylor Swift is the gift that keeps on giving!


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Just last Friday, she dropped her surprise eighth studio album “folklore”, an immaculate indie-folk perfection where she poured all of her “whims, dreams, fears, and musings”. Recorded in isolation, Swift said the album is “a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness”. 


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“Folklore” official cover art


So.. It’s been almost a week since the release of the album we never knew we needed. What are your favorite songs so far? Just like you, we’re also obsessing over this cohesive Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff-produced 16-track album. 


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Us listening to “Exile” by Taylor Swift feat. Bon Iver


In search of Pinoy “folklore” alternatives to listen to? We’re born ready! Here’s a comprehensive list of local bands and artists you should check out. PS. We highly suggest you listen to their music with quality Marshall headphones on!



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First on the list is Ben&Ben, a nine-piece indie-folk band famous for redefining mainstream music with a blueprint that makes affection and intimacy feel expansivea signature style of Taylor Swift.


Songs to get you started: Leaves, Lifetime, Kathang Isip

Listen to them on: Spotify, Youtube


Clara Benin

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Just like Miss Swift, Clara Benin rose to fame due to her impressive songwriting skills. Her enchanting vocal style suits her laidback music that is perfect for rainy mornings and late-night listening sessions.


Songs to get you started: Parallel Universe, It’s Okay

Listen to her on: Spotify, Youtube


Ourselves The Elves

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Ourselves The Elves are a four-piece garage folk band formed back in 2011. The band has already produced killer songs centered on themes of love and self-reflectionsomething that Taylor Swift is known for. 


Songs to get you started: Baby I Love You So, Self Is Universe

Listen to them on: Spotify, Youtube


Bullet Damas

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Bullet Damas’ music has been making rounds in the indie scene for 10 yearswhich makes him the epitome of indie-folk music in the Philippines. If you’re up for some distinctly Filipino raw and earthy music, he’s the artist you should listen to.


Songs to get you started: Put To Waste, Ninuno

Listen to him on: Spotify


Keiko Necesario

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Keiko Necesario has that distinct music discography that hurts the same as Taylor Swift’s. From writing songs at a very young age to independently producing her own studio album some five years ago, Keiko Necesario has definitely come a long way. 


Songs to get you started: Right Next To You, Away From The Current

Listen to her on: Spotify


Johnoy Danao

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For intimate, heart-wrenching “folklore”-like music, Filipino independent musician, composer, and singer-songwriter Johnoy Danao is the artist you should check out. Warning: His music will break your heart into pieces.


Songs to get you started: Ikaw At Ako, Buntong-Hininga

Listen to him on: Spotify


Reese Lansangan

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Reese Lansangan is a singer-songwriter, artist, graphic designer, fashion designer, and author—all rolled into one. Famous for her NASA-featured A Song About Space, she has been releasing indie-pop songs that will remind you of certain songs from “folklore”.


Songs to get your started: Home, An Opportunity To Go To The Moon

Listen to her on: Spotify


Shirebound & Busking

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Shirebound & Busking has been around for so many years, but it was only when the hit TBA Studios movie I’m Drunk I Love You featured his songs that he got a taste of mainstream success (yes, he’s a solo act). Listening to this Filipino folk singer will inspire you to write songs just like what “folklore” did to us.


Songs to get you started: Waltz Of Four Left Feet, Pahintulot

Listen to them on: Spotify



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