Music Based from Paintings with Poetry: A Peak Through the Looking Glass of Hope “With Little Light”

Manila-based visual artist Tita Halaman and her sibling Jerald Angelo elevate their audience’s emotional odyssey by producing indie alt-pop music inspired by Tita Halaman’s brooding, unorthodox oil paintings with accompanying poetry.

For the best experience, the two encourage you to listen to the tracks as you embody the depths of the colorful impasto strokes of Tita Halaman’s art and its poignant verses.

Taking you into the excelling depths of awe-inspiring artistry, the debut single from No Lore emits a distinctive radiance. “With Little Light” immerses from a buoyant realm that springs uplifting affinities into the passion we utilize on a day-to-day basis. The elusive yet prevailing timbres that twinkle from the intriguing instrumentation have us swimming in jaunty synths that summon an Alt-Pop miscellany of silver linings.

Accompanied by a poem and painting by Tita Halaman, she enlists Jerald Angelo to amalgamate in the formation of No Lore. The vitality served by the brother and sister duo has brought a textured depth to the layers they convey in this creative offering. Lyrically we drown in a striking arrangement of words that make you feel mindfully cognizant the more you linger with “With Little Light” on your mind. Stemming from a brilliant message that ushers you to embrace cordial tenors, the meaning radiated falls back on the ability to barely see when we’re trapped in dark places. Having your passion shine through the cracks of these dwellings allows us to weather the storm instead of succumbing to the failure that dreadfully comes knocking.

Wrapping our head around the tender love and care that has gone into all detailed aspects of “With Little Light,” we have exceptionally high hopes for No Lore to succeed in the optimistic hues of their messaging.

Congratulations on the release of your debut single, “With Little Light.” With this being the first release from you both as No Lore, how did you decide that you would join forces to exude a brightly lit optimism into the music created?

It all started with Tita Halaman - as a visual artist, she has a bunch of beautiful paintings with accompanying poems that inspired us to create songs. I guess the current situation has also prompted us to create a way to keep going and stay productive in the middle of difficulty. And so, voila. No Lore it is.

What moment or story brought forth the inspiration that you took into the creative process of “With Little Light?"

In dark places, we barely see. In uncertainty and failure, we often quit. But some things like passion shine through the cracks and persist. "With Little Light” is about the fearlessness of persistently sparking a flare in every gloomy space you’re heading to. No such thing as complete darkness with a soul that thrives to seek light everywhere. No matter how little, no matter how blurry. There’s always hope and our minds can always focus on achieving it instead of letting our shadows beat us down. With all that’s happening these days, I hope that our eyes can still see light in every place, no matter how little it is, it can always go brighter once we believe.

Were there any standout moments during the creative process that made the experience that much more rewarding? What was it like working together for the first time?

I think it’s when we realize that we can actually stretch beyond our limits. We did everything by ourselves. Establishing NoLore is purely DIY from audio-video recording to marketing and it’s truly rewarding to discover those things we thought we can never do alone with limited resources. It shows how huge our passion is and how dedicated we are to our craft and it’s beautiful to see that we’re on the same page. We both love what we do and we work together to continuously improve No Lore.

If your listeners want to check out the painting and poem that accompany “With Little Light,” what is the best way for them to do so while fully supporting the two of you as No Lore?

Our songs’ paintings with poems are very special. Everything’s created by Tita Halaman and she’s a widely exhibited visual artist in Manila (you can check out her art here). Our songs’ paintings with poems are always up for sale and they will also be featured in her upcoming book of paintings with poetry. Anyone interested in the artworks can mail us at

What's next for you?

We plan to continuously release songs inspired by Tita Halaman’s paintings with poems. Right now we’re recording new tunes and we’re very excited to share them with everyone. Like/Follow us on our social media to stay updated!