Better known as the artist responsible for bringing bossa nova into mainstream radio, Sitti has taken on a less bossa nova sound and has started veering towards a more relatable jazz-pop acoustic sound. In her latest single Sinong Mag-aakala, the sweet-voiced singer seems to sound more relaxed therefore sounding better to me. I will not say if she is a good bossa nova artist because I am hardly an expert of the genre, but I will say that I like this change.
Sinong Mag-aakala is a love song that feels as light, as shy, and as beautiful as morning dew. It is a song I can easily imagine as the soundtrack to the moment when you wake up beside the person you love in the morning. Some lines of the song will feel like cliche. “Para lang akong nananaginip nang gising, para lang akong lumulutang sa hangin,” sings Sitti. I can still enjoy the song though, mostly because Sitti delivers the vocals with a delicate clarity and lightness that avoids becoming too dreamy, and therefore avoiding becoming too cheesy.
Watch the official music video of Sinong Mag-aakala directed by Paolo Bernaldo.