Dear Jane’s debut single and music video for Halimuyak ng Hangin was released this week.
The Baguio based pop duo of Bong Manansala on vocals and guitar and MJ Montejo on vocals and tambourine had it released on four social media platform Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Tiktok on June 1 at 5 PM, while it premiered on Jam 88.3 Metro Manila on June 2.
Dear Jane is an indie pop duo that was formed in Baguio on December last year.
The duo, which has an emphasis “primarily on strong melodies, rather than for a specific genre, would soon expand to four with the inclusion of bassist Gin Santos and Pot Quiambao on drums.
The duo has personal influence of The Beatles, Carpenters, The Turtles, The Sundays, Swing Out Sister,, Teenage Funclub, The Smiths, Everything But The Girl, The Primitives, Racoon Racoon, Amy Winehouse, D’Sound, Oasis and Stone Roses.
Dear Jane, whose genre include pop, jangle pop, twee pop, dream pop and folk art, has a regular busking at SM City, played at Porta Vaga Mall, at Session Road during Sundays, at food bars and at Luisa’s Restaurant during the Sunday Busking last February.
Compared to Edralins, where Montejo is now a member, and where Quiambao plays drums, said the two groups are practically the same, with Dear Jane being more into folk.
“This time, we are more focused on Dear Jane but then it appears that we are duplicating what we sing since MJ has several songs which she performs,” said Manansala, also the leader and namesake of the Edralins.
Manansala also said that most female singers here have the same repertoire and they are now trying to deviate with more songs on Montejo’s arsenal.
Though with the same songs being sang, the only difference among the female singers, is the way they interpret the song.
He added: “chill lang with MJ as long as the notes are clear.”
Dear Jane’s repertoire include 50s to 2000s hits.
Dear Jane are basically the names of the two, Dear is a mix up of the first two syllables of Manansala’s second name Edralin and Jane is MJ.