There’s a diaphanous sincerity that you encounter when listening to Japanese Wallpaper’s compositions. First coming across him in 2016 with the sweeping single ‘Between Friends’ the Australian producer has since expanded his earnest sound to working with acts like Mallrat, Wafia, and Allday. In true distinction of his heartfelt arrangements, Japanese Wallpaper delivers his highly-anticipated full-length Glow. Built with purpose and a wistful spirit, the artist emerges into a transformed act unveiling his own vocals throughout the body of work. Driven by this bold choice, the absence of featured singers activates the Australian artist’s own virtuosity. Nestled among warm synth loops and eloquent instrumentation, Japanese Wallpaper departs from his previously electronic based sound for a more discerning procedure in his creative process.
Standout track ‘Tongue Tied’ beckons listeners into a vivid indie soundscape as the Australian artist navigates and overcomes self doubt. With production overseen by Grammy-winning producer Ben H. Allen, it’s clear the two have accentuated a benevolent sound that recalls acts like Animal Collective, Washed Out, and Neon Indian. There’s an aura of nostalgia sustained throughout the album, allowing ‘Glow’ to flourish under a cohesive thematic framework. Japanese Wallpaper writes in the midst of colorful tones and textures, transporting listeners through a journey of delicate and expansive sound design. “Caving In” ripples with chimes, washing in warm timbres and the own artist’s vocal proficiency. Glow radiates in its purposeful exhibition making for an outstanding debut from Japanese Wallpaper.
Japanese Wallpaper is currently on tour in North America with Allday and Mallrat, followed by a headline tour in Australia in October and November. Click here for more information.