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Manila, Philippines

Clara Benin finds beauty in unlearning people and places on new song “small town”


small town (cover art)

The multi-awarded Filipino singer-songwriter releases a hopeful, bittersweet tune about taking control of one’s journey by not sticking to the past.


Filipino singer-songwriter Clara Benin drops a song about leaving the past behind, and embracing the newness that comes with it.


On her new single “small town,” the Parallel Universe artist continues the journey of acknowledging that the world is changing and that unlearning people and places could be an enriching way of taking control of one’s life and destiny.


small town was inspired by my high school experience living in the province, where it was inevitable to bump into someone you know when you're out in public,” Benin reveals.

“It's a post-breakup song about trying to find yourself again and struggling because everything around you reminds you of your ex.”

While the exquisitely moving track comes from a place of familiarity, Benin mentions that “small town” is inspired by her growing fascination with coming-of-age films of the early 2000s.


The pensive pop-rock lullaby is written by Clara Benin herself and Gabba Santiago and produced by Sam Marquez and Tim Marquez of One Click Straight.


The OFFMUTE muse reveals, “I really enjoyed working on this song, because it felt like reliving my teenage years, when I felt so lost and angsty all the time. It's nice to look back on those years now that I'm older and write about all my experiences then.”

“small town” serves as Clara Benin’s last single before she releases her first studio album in eight years. According to Benin, the up-and-coming record reflects her growth as a singer songwriter whose work displays vulnerability and versatility in equal measure.


Clara Benin’s “small town” is out now on all digital music platforms via OFFMUTE.

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