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Jonah Yano x This Time Around

"The first time I heard "This Time Around" (by Jessica Pratt) I was mostly confused by it. Not because it's a confusing song, but because it made me feel so many things at one time, that I couldn't properly process anything about it. So I sat with it on loop, for what in my memory feels like 3 or 4 days in a row, and tried to grasp my feelings about it more completely with each individual listen.

By the end of that 3 or 4 days I was quite familiar with the song, but I still felt like there was something unknown about it to me - something that I couldn't get from just listening obsessively. So like any songwriter does in that predicament, I learned to sing and play the song myself. Once I learned the song, I would play it the same way I listened to it when i first heard it, over and over and over.

I got to Berlin in August and I had a couple days in a beautiful studio out there near Gorlitzer Park. After tracking 3 or 4 demos I had the idea to cover "This Time Around" - it just felt like the right time. The recording you hear, as far as the acoustic guitar and vocals go, is all one live take because that's the way it felt best for me, when I got home to Toronto, my friends Kyla Chalmers and Leland Whitty (BADBADNOTGOOD) were kind enough to lend their playing to finish it off.

I'm trying to think of how to describe what it feels like to sing someone else's song and have it feel like something honest and personal to me. I'm starting to think that if I knew how to describe that, I wouldn't have recorded it and I would have just written about it in my journal or something. I think I understand a little better now, why songwriters (and musicians in general) have been playing each other's songs for so long. I think it's because there are just some songs that are better off being replicated in full, to pay full homage to, instead of being imitated partially." - Jonah Yano
Jonah Yano x Colors
Japan-born, Toronto-based musician Jonah Yano shares a soul-stirring performance of 'delicate' taken from his recently released debut album ‘souvenir’ over at Colors.
Jonah Yano x souvenir
Jonah Yano releases his debut album, souvenir, this week of Father's Day.  As Wonderland Magazine explains in a recent interview: "The 11-track album explores his connection to his Japanese heritage with jazz bass lines and mixtures of soulful melodies and relatable lyrics."  souvenir is available digitally as well as on LP, CD & cassette.
Jonah Yano x strawberry!
Jonah Yano releases "strawberry!"  Roaming through the vast, snowy streets of Toronto, Jonah lyrically explores the connection he still has to his Japanese heritage singing "strawberry is the cloth that i am cut from...who’d have thunk i’d leave out with the lump sum." Co-produced with Monsune and the first song he recorded for his upcoming LP, Jonah says he was inspired by “kraut rock” which is defined by the era’s long droning heavy guitar riffs and static chord progressions. He also says it's the loudest song he's ever made. Recording the album between Tokyo's Red Bull studios, a log cabin in Nagato, Toronto's Studio 69, and his own home, 'souvenir' (out Father's Day, June 21st, via Innovative Leisure) features collaborations with his father Tatsuya Muraoka, BADBADNOTGOOD, and Jacques Greene. Read more about Jonah's collaborations, his identity beyond art, and embracing personal subjects via Cool Hunting.
Jonah Yano x delicate
Notion Magazine claims that Jonah Yano is "a tonic you all need to drink in these crazy times."  And Clash Magazine speaks on his new single delicate as "softly lit tones with a jazz influence, his fuzzy, lo-fi sense of soul touches upon the intimate at every turn."  Check the new single + video out now; his debut album souvenir is set to release on June 19th.