New Indie-Pop from Optacure – “Stray”

Australian indie-pop singer-songwriter Optacure, aka Edmund Gemelo Jr., recently released his single, “Stray,” which explores the essence of relationships.

Talking about “Stray,” Optacure shares, “The song explores the perspective of someone who loses trust in relationships – friends, family, or romantic. In an extended period of thinking of being alone, this person will slowly question what it means to have someone and what the limitations are in every relationship. Hence the lyrics below.”

“I. I don’t. I don’t know what to think / And I feel like I don’t know what to live for / It’s true that I’ve got you / But I don’t know what that means / Love is near, but I struggle to feel / And I fear that I never will / They say time will pass, but love will never last / You can count on me, but you’re clinging to the past.”

The song came together quickly with Optacure writing the lyrics, melody, and guitar tracks in late 2021. He then sent the tracks to his producer, Emmanuel Aguila, who also wrote the other musical parts of the track.

Originally from the Philippines, Edmund played in various bands from 2008 to 2015. In 2015, he moved to Australia, where sans any bandmates, he began writing with a producer. The name Optacure is a contraction of Optical Cure, the philosophy of searching for universal perspective through music.

Optacure’s vision is to create music with a progressive and unique approach that is unbound and free.

“Stray” opens on a low-slung guitar, emanating platinum colors as Optacure’s cashmere voice imbues the lyrics with pensive timbres. When the rhythm enters, the tune takes on a gently throbbing pulsation, while a luminous guitar injects brighter accents.

Soft yet evocative, “Stray” delivers plush, polished indie-pop textures, crowned by the indulgent, alluring voice of Optacure.

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Written by Randy

Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.