Published Mar 25, 2020After announcing plans for their debut self-titled album earlier this year, Toronto's "R&B gong punks" Pantayo have shared a new video from their forthcoming record.
Their new single "Heto Na" arrives today alongside a Tricia Hagoriles-directed video that casts the Tita Collective as a group of individuals answering Pantayo's instinctual call for a disco dance party.
Pantayo urge listeners to "own up to that funky shit" in a statement about the new track:
Inspired by OPM (Original Pilipino Music) disco songs from the '70s, this song gently nudges listeners onto the dance floor; a space where vulnerability and bravado are seamlessly entangled. This invitation to let loose and "own up to that funky shit" seeks out a reparative encounter that is at once full of confidence and concession. Heto Na means "here we go" and is one of Pantayo's many songs that is oriented towards hope, justice and a commitment to seek out an ethical relation to Filipinx history, geography, migration and the queerness that knots all of these sites together.
The group's Pantayo arrives May 8 via Telephone Explosion. The band previously released the record's lead single "Divine" back in February.
Watch the video for "Heto Na" below.
Full disclosure: the band's Kat Estacio is in charge of Layout at Exclaim!