He is definitely back, this time as a solo artist with a new album, "No Water, No Moon," titled after a Japanese Koan, and is released by Poly East Records, after nine months of as we say, break-up with his former bandmates. Whether on a band or as a solo artist, I know Bamboo is one of a kind, and is not like any other. His musical style and lyrical intelligence is way too extraordinary, that before one could get to the core of his narratives, one must come up with their own transfigurations of the song a thousand times. That may be a trait of most songwriters, but his is just simply unique.
One best thing I love about this man, is his innovation. He never fails to surprise us - his listeners! He would always have a different approach to each album or to each song he does, as he tries to reinvent the music we are so used to hear. This new album, "No Water, No Moon," is a mixture of everything from rock to pop to ballad, blended together with a beautiful orchestral arrangements. I find myself listening to the entire album as soon as I got them last Sunday, over and over again. It's more like my personal nirvana now, after "Ultraelectromagneticpop" (Eraserheads) and "Waiting For My Rocket To Come" (Jason Mraz.) All of which are my personal choices when I need to be at peace, want to be inspired, or just want to chill out.
I was saddened by the news of Bamboo (the band) calling it quits, and much anticipated for this day to come. So, when I learned that Bamboo is having an album signing and meet and greet session with fans (this is a rare chance, as I knew that he rarely or have not yet done any fan signing event), I never hesitated and marked the event on my calendar!
The CD Signing / Meet and Greet event happened on December 4th, 2011, at Odyssey SM Megamall (4 p.m.) and at Astroplus SM Mall of Asia (7 p.m.).
I arrived at the Mall of Asia around 6PM and went straight to the venue thinking that people may have already lined up. I bought two CDs and registered at the cashier, then I waited until 7PM. I stood near the booth/table for about 10-15minutes because I wanted to be first in line, but because no one followed my lead (too bad, yeah I know) I moved away and chose to wait until the organizers would ask us to fall in line, which I think didn't happen. LOL... When a young girl stood near the table, that was my hint, I followed her, and the others lined up after me. =)
|No Water, No Moon Tarpaulin|
|The crew setting up for Bamboo's siging event. Thanks to the girl in white, who started the line. :]|
|Little girl to Bamboo: "What are we looking at the floor?"|
The store lit up with enthusiasm when fans started screaming as soon as "the man" came in! I can't stop staring at him all the time, even if I've seen him perform live many times, I still can't explain the feeling that finally, I could get a chance for a photo-op with Bamboo! =)
Before the signing event start, Bamboo gave out a short message to all his fans.
Random shots of the CD Signing event:
|I think I'm gonna faint *_*|
|I have to thank the "kuya" who was with Bamboo that night who took our photos...(kahit di kagandahan ang outcome.. heheh)|
|Looks like we were just goofing around! :) LOL|
|Wala na akong magandang picture! hehehe... pro oks lang, I'm still with Bamboo :)|
|My signed posters, albums, and free ballers.|
|The album signed just for me!|
|The front and back cover of the album.|
- “In Shadow”
- “Morning Rose”
- “Back on my Feet”
- “In This Life”
- “Down the Line”
- “All Hail the Fool”
- “The Only Way”
- “Just Go”
- “Ikot ng Mundo” - bonus track
Go grab the album now! It's worth every penny! =) Support OPM!