Angela Ken and raven, two of the most promising singer-songwriters in the country, have recently linked up on a new song that expresses the joy of feeling secure about one’s relationship and wanting to make life-long plans with the person you love.
Aptly titled “Pangako,” the soaring ballad finds the two Filipino artists exchanging vows of commitment with earnestness that speaks to an entire generation of listeners—young or old, and everything in between.
“It’s about being ready to love that special someone for a lifetime,” raven explains. According to the young bedroom pop act, the song was made for two committed individuals who are both on the same page, celebrating one another and having each other’s backs even in times of frailty.
“I was inspired specifically by my Tito’s wedding when I wrote it,” he shares. “It’s my dream to make a song that goes well with an SDE video: a soundtrack that complements a couple’s montage, all while bringing the sugary feels in one go.”
The original version of “Pangako” was produced by raven with the assistance of his mentor, Rico Blanco. Acclaimed artists and producers Zild and Tim Marquez came into the picture for the duet version and added layers of newness and intricacy to the production. The result is a heartwarming ballad that brims with intricate harmonies and gorgeous instrumentation, painting a picture of romantic bliss, the youthful kind.
“it’s not the typical arrangement that you would normally hear in my songs,” Angela reflects. “And I guess that’s where the magic appears: the intricate details that the producers incorporate in the song and the way they preserved the inherent simplicity of what made it stand out, on a lyrical and emotional level. This collaboration is really for the books.”
Both raven and Angela Ken have gained significant attention at the height of the pandemic, sparking the curiosity of casual music fans with their brand of relatable songwriting and pop-infused melodies. Angela rose to prominence with 2021’s “Ako Naman Muna,” which racked up more than 40 million streams on Spotify alone, while raven’s steady rise in the music industry and incredible musical instincts captured the attention of Rico Blanco, which resulted in bagging a management deal with Balcony Entertainment and a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment.
raven and Angela Ken’s “Pangako” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.