Filipino-Australian rising star grentperez has today announced his highly anticipated forthcoming EP ‘When We Were Younger’. To mark the release, the Western-Sydney bedroom pop phenomenon has also revealed his latest disco-drenched single “When The Day Is Done”, out now everywhere via Fast Friends & AWAL. Fans can listen to “When The Day Is Done” here: grentperez.ffm.to/whenthedayisdone and pre-save the EP ‘When We Were Younger‘ here: grentperez.ffm.to/whenwewereyounger
Saturated in disco-soul, grentperez describes the new single as “a timeless classic that the whole family can listen to. Or as my dad would say ‘The song I can dance to’”. Picking up the pace dramatically from his most recent single and drama-rich ballad “Us Without Me”, “When The Day Is Done” ends in a completely different place to where you started – gradually building up to a punchy syncopated pre-chorus melody before letting loose into an unstoppable roller-rink ready boogie. “This track embodies the line ‘there’s no place like home’ and when all is said and done, I just want to get back home and to the feeling of family having your back no matter where you are.” Every lovingly crafted detail — from the stacked harmonies on the bridge to the roiling congas to that one delayed beat drop in the final chorus — emanates a pure joy.
Drawing on the themes of having no place like home, today grentperez has also announced his highly anticipated forthcoming EP ‘When We Were Younger’ out everywhere on Friday 2nd June . Conceived as a means to get out of a songwriting rut ‘When We Were Younger’, is a seven-track song cycle centered around the concept of nostalgia – motivated by the desire to stave off cynicism and embrace the carefree creativity of childhood. “We would have these super wholesome outdoor writing sessions as we were putting the project together,” he shares. “Connecting with what I remember as a really lovely childhood grounds me in the real world and keeps me thinking of the important friends and family in my life. It keeps me from getting ahead of myself.” Taking listeners on a series of unexpected yet intuitive sonic detours, grentperez fuses the signifiers of a wide variety of nostalgic sounds across the EP: infusing his beloved bossa nova with sprightly Philadelphia soul and the swelling strings of golden-era Hollywood, and taking inspiration from the soundtracks and general vibe of 90s rom-coms.
To mark the release, grentperez has also launched the official pre-order for the ‘When We Were Younger’ EP physical vinyl, featuring a blue coloured vinyl and offering the first 100 x orders an exclusive signed bookmark featuring custom drawings by grentperez.
Multi-media artist, singer-songwriter and producer grentperez’s handcrafted DIY pop instantly soothes on a series of releases that have helped endear him to rapidly growing audiences at home in Australia as well as further afield in Southeast Asia, North America and Europe.
His debut single “Cherry Wine”, released in September 2021 shot up the Spotify viral charts across the globe, including the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and swept up the #1 spot in Singapore soon after its release. In less than two years, grentperez’s catalogue has seen over 200 million streams to date, and over 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify, with hundreds of new fans discovering him daily.
Born in Australia, grentperez grew up as the youngest of three kids in a Filipino family. Raised on a diet of The Eagles, The Beatles, and Queen thanks to his dad before moving onto the likes of Musiq Soulchild. As soon as he received his first nylon string acoustic, he taught himself Jeremy Passion’s “Lemonade”, learning chords, shapes, and plucking patterns. At the end of 2013, he launched his YouTube channel which currently sits at over half a MILLION subscribers.
Listen to “When The Day Is Done” here: grentperez.ffm.to/whenthedayisdone
Pre-save the EP ‘When We Were Younger’ here: grentperez.ffm.to/whenwewereyounger