AFTER a year of being stuck at home and taking safety measures against the pandemic, good music is a necessity. Indonesia-based hitmaker Rahmania Astrini (or Astri) has released her latest single “Baby” in collaboration with Leanne and Naara.
“Baby” sees two of Asia’s most talented young artists collaborating in quarantine. Pre-written by Rahmania, “Baby” is the second single off her EP “Adolescent” released early this year, and a tight follow-up to “Runaway,” which has struck over a million Spotify streams to date.
After finding instant connection at a songwriting camp in Stockholm in 2019, Rahmania linked up with Filipino soul duo Leanne and Naara again. “We met Astri at a songwriting camp in Stockholm in 2019 and we just loved her style. ‘Baby’ was already pre-written and we added our own verse. We recorded all our vocals here and sent it to her team,” said Leanne and Naara.
On what the song is about, Rahmania explained, “The feeling of losing someone, the grief, the ‘trying to keep us going,’ and the mending was the inspiration behind ‘Baby.”
There’s a wistful quality to the girls’ voices that makes “Baby” worth repeating. Led by the girls’ stellar vocal range delivering a moving performance, the song sets off on a mellow churn around Rahmania’s brooding composition. Tinged with silky R&B elements, “Baby” is designed to wash us over with its melancholy.
Rahmania and Leanne and Naara have been serving heartfelt gems from folk-pop, soul, to R&B since they first started. For five years, they were able to showcase their growth in every song. “We’re learning so much from working with different artists and there’s so much new ideas coming out of us. We’re always excited to work on something new,” said Leanne and Naara on this new chapter of their career.
Leanne and Naara also weighed in on staying authentic and grounded in this globally competitive industry. “It’s challenging because it takes a lot to really look in and not get swayed by the competitiveness of this industry, but as artists we will always to know what feels right for us. It helps to stick to our guns.”
For Rahmania, one thing that she didn’t think she could ever do “is to work with people from outside my country and to actually be good friends with them – like between me and Leanne and Naara!”
When asked what it was like to work with the girls, Rahmania said, “It was amazing! I believe that we click really well and because of that, the process was just fun and not tiring at all. I laugh a lot with them.”
Lastly, Rahmania has a heartfelt message to her Filipino listeners: “Thank you so much for listening to my songs! I love you guys so much, and I really hope to meet you guys soon. Mahal ko kayo!”
Rahmania Astrini’s and Leanne and Naara’s “Baby,” and Rahmania’s EP “Adolescent” is now available digitally on various music platforms. For more updates follow Warner Music Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.