We recently had the pleasure of listening to on-the-rise singer/songwriter and outstanding live-performer Jimi Wasabe. We were introduced to Jimi through his Soulful and Funk-infused new Single “Far N Away”.
Jimi Wasabe’s music can best be described as a brilliantly crafted blend of Organic, Funky, Folky, Soulful music. As showcased in his newest Single “Far N Away”, Jimi has an almost uncanny ability to seamlessly combine all of his influences into something that feels entirely fresh and unique.
Listen to “Far N Away” here: https://soundcloud.com/jimiwasabe/far-n-away
Musically, Jimi Wasabe has effectively unleashed his wide-spanning musical tastes and influences into a giant boiling caldron, seasoned it with his own distinct style and flair and stirred ferociously until something entirely new has emerged — an infectious blend of incredible, emotive sound. As Jimi explains, “I have always been interested and passionate about music. My passion in music was sparked by the creativity, harmony and orchestrated music of various artists such as Eric Clapton, Earth Wind & Fire, Raul Midon, and Bobby Caldwell to name the few.“
In Jimi’s impressive debut Single, his remarkable versatility is on full display. The impressive accompanying instrumentation, creative sequencing, masterful songwriting are undeniably alluring and captivating. His soothing vocal prowess draws you into an authentic and emotional sonic journey. When explaining what inspires him as a musician, Jimi explains, “I am driven by my personal motto ‘Music has no color, it has soul’, which always reminds me that everybody can communicate with each other regardless of their races using the language of music.” This is a perfect example of what sets his music apart; it has an incredibly organic and soulful aspect to it that feels as if the music is living and breathing and evolving with every second.
The Single opens with gentle piano and keys, only to be completely opened up with energetic funky percussion and choppy acoustic. The bass playing is spectacular and the saxophone sections bring an undeniable flavor and character to the song. The track progresses by effectively falling back and forth between melodic and calm sections, and spirited dynamic sections. The Single is fantastically sequenced in a way that maintains the listener’s interest, and contains minor mixing and instrumental intricacies that are both unique and infuse wonderful personality into the track. Jimi describes his style as sounding like, “Soulful Pop sprinkled with Jazzy tunes on Acoustic Guitar. It’s a bit long for a genre but I would safely say, it is Earthly Soul.” I think “Earthy Soul” is an incredibly fitting description, although it doesn’t perfectly capture the diverse quality of music.
Jimi really showcases his vocal prowess and displays a strong command of infectious vocal melodies. With the strong and effective backing of piano, keys, acoustic guitar, saxophone, bass, and engaging percussion; Jimi proves that his voice may just be one his strongest assets. His vocal performance is authentic and invokes a strong emotional response with the delivery of each relatable line. His songwriting style is remarkable and clever, “But time is what we don’t have, But I’d like to thank my fate, It leads me to you darling, Time could you be my friend, Could you do me a favor, Will you stop your little hand?”. This is a line I believe we can all relate to, we have all felt a strong desire at some point in our lives to stop time and soak in a beautiful moment forever. The Single is an irresistibly catchy anthem that will be sure to get stuck in your head and have you singing along.
It is an unfortunate reality in the current world of music crafted by today’s generation. It seems as if fearless, ambitious artists are becoming more and more rare and undiscovered. This is mostly due to an unapologetic desire by most new-coming artists to shamelessly reach into existing successful markets, void of any integrity, and follow an incredibly safe musical formula of commercially appealing and catchy copy of a copy Singles.
Jimi Wasabe is a refreshing exception, quickly proving that with his addictive, unique, and emotionally authentic style; music, as an artistic medium, can transcend the label of “commodity”, becoming something much more intimate and immersive. His music feels much more like an “experience” than a product.
Listening to Jimi Wasabe’s “Far N Away” was truly an engaging and worthwhile experience. The Single differs from most newer indie releases in that it effortlessly flows with integrity, honesty, and emotional awareness. Not only is it polished and meticulously crafted, but it is sequenced to perfection, leaving the listener wanting more. I definitely see this artist climbing the ranks and becoming a household name. Not only does he have the ability to craft infectious melodies, but he does so with a remarkably unique blending of genres and evident care for messaging and content. We can’t wait to see what this artist does next!
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