Scarlet Gum: “Pakiramdaman”

Updated: May 4

That awkward feeling before true love and massive heartbreak




Our first original single of the year 2021 is finally out and I am so proud of it. It is unashamedly 80s synth pop from neck-to-toe, from skin-to-bones. I adore it!


Sheryl wrote most of the lyrics for this one and I love how her words take you to a time when the awkward feeling that tip-toes between true love, madness, and heartbreak define everything. It’s the age of innocence when life is simple yet emotions are complicated. A magical time.



I like you. Do you feel the same?

Is this love or am I imagining things?

I can’t fight this feeling anymore!


Producing the music was a joy. I went all out synth wave here using every 80s gear I have in the studio:

  • Roland Juno 60

  • Roland Juno 106

  • Yamaha DX7

  • Roland TR-808

  • LM2

Sheryl used a Rickenbacker 330 plugged into a shoegaze pedalboard made up of a fuzzbox, delay, reverb and compressor and into a modeled AC15. The vocals were treated with some digital delay, compression, and 80’s style reverb.


There is a mellow, acoustic version of this song that is set to come out in two weeks. It is raw and minimal in approach.


Sheryl on vocals and acoustic guitar, and me on a grand piano and an analog synth solo courtesy of the Behringer Neutron.


Sheryl’s vocal in this version obviously bears more ache, especially when she hits her natural alto.


Anyway, I hope you enjoy the song as much as we enjoyed writing, recording and producing it.


Here are the full production credits as well as the chords and lyrics:


Pakiramdaman

Words by Sheryl Reyes (BMI) & Ted Reyes (BMI)

Music written, produced, and mixed by Ted Reyes (BMI)

Mastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road Studios London

Electric guitar and vocals: Sheryl

Synth and drum programming: Ted

©2021 Scarlet Gum


Intro/Verse : Ebm - C#M7

Noong kita'y makita

Ako'y natulala

Mata mong may ningning

Ako'y nabighaning labis.


'Di ko inakalang

Iyon na ang simula

Nang ika'y lumapit

Ay para bang nasa langit.


Pre-Chorus: Ebm -Fm - F# - F#/G - G#

Sana ay hindi mo mapansin

Pilit tinatago ang damdamin


Chorus: C# - F7 - Bbm - G#m - F# - Fm - Ebm - G#

Tama ba ang nararamdaman

Hindi ko namalayan

Hindi ko na maintindihan

Iyon pala, ako'y tinamaan.


Dapat bang sabihin ko na

Hindi ko maiwasan

Hindi ko na kayang pigilan

O hanggang pakiramdaman na lang?


Verse: Ebm - C#M7

Paano ba aminin

Lihim na pagtingin

Gusto kong iwasan

Puso ay takot masaktan.


Pre-Chorus: Ebm -Fm - F# - F#/G - G#

Pero ako'y nahulog na sa 'yo

Ano ba 'to, ako'y litong lito.


Chorus: C# - F7 - Bbm - G#m - F# - Fm - Ebm - G#

Tama ba ang nararamdaman

Hindi ko namalayan

Hindi ko na maintindihan

Iyon pala, ako'y tinamaan.


Dapat bang sabihin ko na

Hindi ko maiwasan

Hindi ko na kayang pigilan

O hanggang pakiramdaman na lang?


#scarletgum #pakiramdaman #nsfu