Alfa’s Debut on AWOOO Records is Transformative, Intelligent Pop

by Aldus Santos

“She sings like no one is listening,” Alessandra de Rossi once said of Alfa. Her AWOOO debut is, incidentally, also the unveiling of a new sound and direction.

Alfa has had a storied past decade. Despite a ravenously competitive landscape, her music has made it on-air, online, and on-screen across the US, gracing different mediums with her varied musicality. 

Her global appeal reflects a sort of cultural remove from her roots: something which has been decidedly quashed when her first non-English single “Alindahaw,” which she sang in Visayan, broke through in a major way in 2020. After snagging top honors in the world category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, it’s also now vying for an Awit citation for Best Global Recording.

And the proverbial homecoming is far from over. Today, in fact, marks the release of Alfa’s debut single with AWOOO Records, the Alessandra de Rossi-helmed record label which the actress unveiled in late September. 

The song in question, “Every Word You Say,” is a stunning bit of campfire-meets-coffeeshop synth ballad that has an equally painful lyrical theme.

Written during downtime while housesitting for a friend, the song was willed into being after Alfa binge-watched the British dramedy Fleabag. “I was taken in by the story and the idea that you could be massively in love with [a person] but still make a choice not to continue that love because of stronger forces.”  

From a barebones demo featuring rough vocals and violin (Alfa is classically trained on strings) the track in its present form has the weight of transformative, intelligent pop: lush and layered, generous in sentiment but sublime in sentimentality, heart-on-sleeve yet calm and composed. “It’s a new sound for me, but one that I’ve been wanting to create for a long time,” Alfa shares, adding, “I wanted to bring in more of my violin-playing and bring out a percussive, groove-driven edge.”   

“Dreaming out loud what I knew could never happen / Dreaming out loud so I could stare down my demons,” she sings in the pre-choruses, and the listener gets swathed in both her hypnotic pipes and the shimmering sonics courtesy of collaborator and co-producer Carl Thomson. 

Whereas her well-loved pre-AWOOO material depended almost solely on the intimacy her voice offers, this time around she is exploring moods, rhythms, and vibes enabled by adventurous musicianship and nuanced studio craft. The result, as evidenced on “Every Word You Say,” bodes well for the talented singer-songwriter.

“Her musicality is poetic and cinematic, and you sense it in her breath, in the instrumentation, in everything,” label head Alessandra de Rossi—who previously heaped praise on Alfa’s vigorous knack for “singing like no one’s listening”—says of the musician’s AWOOO debut.  

“Maybe she’s thought about it a great deal, or maybe it’s magic. Whatever it is, I think it’s gold.” 

Stream Every Word You Say by Alfa on your preferred music service: https://awooo.ffm.to/alfa-ewys

AWOOO Records Welcomes ALFA To The Roster

We are beyond excited to add US-based Filipino-American singer-songwriter Alfa to our roster!

Born in Mindanao, raised in New York and New Jersey, now living in sunny SoCal, singer-songwriter ALFA creates music inspired by her life’s constant shifts. With a light, signature rasp in her voice and a love for hooky melodies, Alfa has been called, “an artist who has a spectrum of colors in her palette,” by Music Connection, and “everything you want in a singer-songwriter” by Eric Gnezda of PBS’ nationally-aired TV show “Songs at the Center,” where Alfa was featured in 2020. The same year, her Bisaya-English song, “Alindahaw” was a Grand Prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the World category and was recently nominated in Best Global Recording in the 34th Awit Awards. The song was an ode to her grandparents’ farm in Northern Mindanao.

Alfa’s start in music came at a young age when she learned piano under Dr. Raul Sunico and studied violin with the Children’s Orchestra Society in New York City. But she was drawn to the personal expression in songwriting and taught herself guitar at the age of 13, eventually moving to downtown New York to cut her teeth in the live music scene of the mid-2000s.

Alfa has released 3 albums, 1 EP, and several singles of original songs, some of which have been featured on film and TV, including E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians and the Christian film, “Old Fashioned.” An indie artist in every way, Alfa has toured throughout the U.S. and the Philippines with a live solo show that includes a variety of instruments – from guitar and ukulele to kazoo and keyboard – and has produced a series of music videos on her YouTube channel (youtube.com/alfamusic). In addition to songwriting, she is a music teacher and elementary school educator.

Follow ALFA:

Official Site: https://www.alfa-music.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alfamusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alfa_music

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alfa_music/