Barbie Almalbis Looks Back on ‘Wicked Heart’

Words by Joey Dizon
Photo by Rachael Roldan


Late last year, singer-songwriter and all-around awesome female artist Barbie Almalbis released the single “Wicked Heart,” a jangly, sing-songy tune that’s as catchy as it is feel-good; made extra unique with its simple production and arrangement. The vocals are particularly distinctive, especially when it comes to the soaring chorus that has become a style uniquely hers.


“I started writing this song on a guita-lele I had just gotten. I find that writing on a different instrument makes the process feel exciting and fresh sometimes,” shares Almalbis when asked what went into writing this particular song.



“As the song progressed, I realized I didn’t hear much of a need for guitar in it, so I asked my bandmate Nikko Rivera to fill the whole thing with keys and synth parts,” she added. “So he sent me, like, ten layers of parts. I just added a bit of guitar later on so I’d have something to do when we play it live.”


When asked what inspired the lyrics, Almalbis revealed how personal the song is to her. “I was thinking about how following your heart can lead to trouble sometimes. I want to follow my heart, but it’s always changing its mind; it’s definitely something I’ve personally been through, but also takes inspiration from Jeremiah 17:9. ‘The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?’ It also poses the question: that while our desires and emotions are a beautiful part of who we are and how we experience life, there must be something ‘truer’ than the heart.”



Currently, Almalbis is playing gigs to excited audiences who still can’t get enough of her music, old and new. She’ll be joining her friend and contemporary Kitchie Nadal on the big stage this June 2 for the latter’s Same Ground 20th anniversary concert, alongside Acel, Hannah Romawac, Lougee Basabas, and Mayonnaise’s Monty Macalino. As if that wasn’t enough, she still has a pretty busy year ahead.


“I’m currently working on songs for a new EP coming out sometime this year,” she shares. “I also have a couple of shows in Canada lined up this June.”

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