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Kelady’s fiery “Barkada” is a tribute to chilling with your friends

“Barkada” single artwork.

When we last heard from Los Angeles-based visual artist/musician Kelady a while ago, she had just released her scorching self-loving song, “Papaya.” This month, she’s followed that up with “Barkada,” a similarly hard-hitting song that plays with Kelady’s penchant for mixing elements of her Filipina heritage with razor-sharp club beats. 

Meaning “group of friends” in Tagalog, “Barkada” is the artist’s ode to the “sweet and rough times of adolescence while reminiscing with old friends.” While most might depict such rosy times with soft nostalgia, “Barkada” colors those memories with deviousness and teenage debauchery. “Belly out, lippie sweet / Glitter cheek, we the heat,” Kelady relays. “Strike ya match, caterpillar chillax / We in da lounge, we layback.” Based on the scorching beats and Kelady’s fiery demeanor on the song, good times are to be had in Kelady’s posse. 

Concurrently released with the song is the visual for “Barkada,” which captures Kelady spitting verses amidst scribble-infested, glitchy projections. Once again teaming up with her artistic partner Danyo, Kelady brings you back into the trippy headspace she first inhabited on the colorful visual of “Hayop.” While there’s little more here than the musician singing along in front of the projector, there’s no doubt that she looks hella cool doing it.

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Li-Wei Chu

Li-Wei Chu is a recent graduate from UC Davis who majored in Cinema and Digital Media who also briefly studied film at Queen Mary, University of London. Li-Wei is obsessed with horror films (especially the ones that give him nightmares), films from East Asia, and really, any film that makes you stop and think. He loves talking about film and indie music with others. He’s also a record collector and cross-stitches when he has free time. In the future, he hopes to be able to write about film and wants to find a job in the film industry that can support his record buying habits. Maybe one day he’ll also be able to play the guitar.

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