The highly awaited EP ‘When We Were Younger’ by Filipino-Australian rising talent grentperez was announced today. To commemorate the occasion, the Western-Sydney bedroom pop sensation has also released his latest disco-infused tune “When The Day Is Done,” which is available now worldwide via Fast Friends & AWAL. Fans may listen to “When The Day Is Done” on Spotify. here: grentperez.ffm.to/
Grentperez characterizes the new tune, which is drenched in disco-soul, as “a timeless classic that the whole family can listen to.” Or, as my father would put it, “the song I can dance to.” “When The Day Is Done” picks up the pace dramatically from his most recent single and drama-rich ballad “Us Without Me” and ends in a completely different place than where you started – gradually building up to a punchy syncopated pre-chorus melody before letting loose into an unstoppable roller-rink ready boogie. “This song embodies the line ‘there’s no place like home,’ and when all is said and done, all I want to do is get back home and to the feeling of family always 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.