No Rome has premiered brand new track ‘Seventeen’, accompanied by a music video, which is available today via Dirty Hit. The prodigal, Manila-born singer and producer returned recently with new single ‘Do It Again’ which – alongside ‘Seventeen’ – are taken from forthcoming debut EP, ‘RIP Indo Hisashi’ (produced by No Rome, George Daniel and Matty Healy).
‘Seventeen’, writes No Rome, “is an attempt to encapsulate the feeling of being young forever – a reality that sadly cannot be achieved. It’s a song about the endless melancholy of being young and in love. It’s about wishing it was as easy as it used to be; exploring a time when all that mattered was the failures of romance and the wonders of coming of age. No matter what age you are, ‘Seventeen’ is a reflection on living in the moment, rather than always reaching for the end point of who you are right now.”
Watch the video for ‘Seventeen’ – BELOW:
A truly global young talent, No Rome was born and raised in Manila, where a unique, rapidly changing cultural landscape spurred his desire to break out and make music. The most densely populated city in the world – with mountains and the beach also in close proximity in either direction – growing up No Rome found himself in many ways caught in the middle of this “concrete jungle”.
Making music was an isolated, DIY operation out of necessity, whilst the ability to reinvent yourself through fashion found few early allies in a hometown so conservative. With the rise of the internet, however, came the potential for No Rome to “get the ideas I wanted out of my brain”, as well as access to a flux of influences (from New Order and The-Dream to Boards of Canada and Timbaland). Time spent in art school also encouraged No Rome to pursue a parallel passion in fashion and design, with this summer’s ‘RIP Indo Hisashi’ EP – a suitably audio-visual project – emerging as a genuine exercise in self-expression.