Tanya Markova- Mister Tililing [Album Review]

Our favorite Shock Pop, cross dressing fucks are back with their sophomore album! I know it’s been months since the release of Mister Tililing but let me just say for the record how hard it was for me to get a hold of the album. Between it being released independently and me moving back south, I haven’t been to any Tanya Markova gigs lately. With what they’ve put out however, it was well worth the wait.

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Tanya Markova enjoys including gag tracks and micronumbers in their albums. Mister Tililing has 17 tracks listed, eight of which are full-length songs.

Bermuda Love Triangle

Who doesn’t enjoy a good love triangle series? Right after the album’s short intro, this track is a great reminder of what we’re in for. Tanya Markova’s lyrical genius is unmatched when it comes right down to the shock factor. Unless you haven’t been in a legit love team na merong kahati, this track becomes a bit too real.

One thing worth mentioning is the jazz piano fill near the end. This is one huge pet peeve I have with the band. They are just as technically capable as any other band, if not more; and not even in a subtle way. The shock factor of the lyrics just has more face value for the casual listener to notice the other things.

Hello, Hello, Hello

The last time I got to see them play live (before this weekend’s BOA) was during the music video release of this song at the 70’s Bistro. Hello, Hello, Hello is the carrier single for the album and it does not disappoint. Is it a Picture Picture clone? No, but it definitely is just as catchy. I don’t think any other band could make the sweet music plus eerie lyrics work as well as they do.

Ang Darling Kong Zombie

The guitars on this track is fire. It gives off that classic 70’s Manila Sound vibe with a hint of rock and roll. This is my favorite track off the record because of the witty, bitter-sweet lyrics and suave musicality.

Although I’m not reviewing any of the shorter tracks in the album, it is worth mentioning that Eskeleton, which plays before this, couldn’t be an any better transition to this number.

Pandemonium

This slow number is creepy because it’s so real. It does seem a bit funny on the surface, but that’s just the probably the Pinoy in you making a joke out of everything. That is, unless you’re one of those who are too westernized to see any good in the country anymore, in which case, this song makes fun of you too. Unlike many, so many more locals are stuck in terrible circumstances. This may be a call to initiative or it may be purely satire. But whatever it is, wag mo’kong pilitin kung gusto ko sa masikip at magulo.

High-End

This song is one of the most technical tracks in the record. Though it doesn’t fall behind from the band’s usual creativity, it is one of the few songs where the shock factor doest overpower the musicality. The song is made up of sever distinct layers that come together to create this wonderful upper track that I can’t help but dance to.

Nakatutok

This track is honestly confusing, but fun nonetheless. It could be an entendre, or a double entendre, or a double, double entendre. In any case, like listening to a song with lyrics in a language you can’t understand, you tend to focus on the musicality of it. So that’s good, I guess.

Lagalag

Off the first note, the song is overflowing with good vibes. It’s a song I can see Iwa Motors Skipping to when played live. The synth definitely makes this track.

E.O.W (End of the World)

End of the World is a good take on life. Although it may be satirical, it does pose a valid point. If you are going down, why not go down with a bang? I just hope this song isn’t subtly referencing the band; although there are showing no signs of them slowing down soon. The screaming vocal breakdown is a wonderful throwback to heavier tracks of their previous work. This is also one of the few songs where Norma Love showcases a bit of vocal prowess.

Some things worth mentioning about the shorter tracks include the return of Harlon and Angel on No Eating Below The Belt. We are treated to another of their bickering along with peeks into their thoughts. The running Divisoria gig joke is referenced on Mental Hospital. Another is the Pinoy flavored reference to the local advertising media on Nari Tuna.

Mister Tililing comes with a lyric booklet that includes the eight main tracks of the album. It doesn’t in any way or form feel or sound like an independent release. Though the band, humble as they are, may credit the recording and support staff, their talent is unquestionably evident in the record. As with majority of their work, you come for the shock and stay for the artistry.

Please continue to support the band by purchasing official merch and going to gigs when you can. Learn more about what the Tanya Markova is up to by following them on Facebook. You can also check out a review I did for Linda Blair a while back.

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