- DateJune 15, 2013
In 2009, talented, folksy female vocalist Chai Fonacier hooked up with two fellow Cebu-based musicians, Anthony Uy and Fender Figuera to form Womb. The music that these three would eventually come up with – now compiled on their 10-track debut album Anesthesiac – already speaks volumes about their undeniable musical giftedness, if not their collective chemistry.
Singer, Chai Fonacier, had to immerse herself in trip-hop, that distinct, downbeat sound characterized by programmed beats and ambient instrumentation popularized in the 1990s by the likes of Massive Attack, Portishead, Tricky, and the Sneaker Pimps. Her bandmates’ penchant for sound manipulation using both hardware and software, combined with her affecting, soulful vocals made the trio’s choice of genre logical, if not natural. Indeed, Womb’s full-length debut recalls the glory years of trip-hop while manifesting enough knowledge of the genre to come up with an updated, radio-ready version of it that is markedly Womb’s own. Standout tracks like “Aftertaste,” “10 Second Forever”, and the singles “Good” and “I Miss You” possess infectious beats programmed by Fender Figuera, tastefully subtle guitar lines courtesy of Anthony Uy, and Fonacier’s alluring, flawless voice, giving Anesthesiac well-deserved attention from discerning netizens, including local music blog Vandals On The Wall, which ranked the album number 11 on its Top 25 Filipino Albums of 2013 list. “Their debut album is about as close to Portishead than anything else you can find in the internet this year, albeit fostering a more radio-friendly appeal”, said critic Ian Urrutia.