By Ian Markwardt
The artist Joji dropped his newest EP, In Tongues, this year. This is his first commercial release under his new name, Joji. You might recognize him from other works under Filthy Frank and Pink Guy. All of these alias belong to George Miller, a musician who values his privacy. This EP is a step away from previous works and could be considered low-fi trip hop. Overall, the music gives off a really relaxed vibe; and can be your soundtrack for almost anything.
There are two shining stars on In Tongues. These songs are well put together with very good beats and lyrics to match. The first song, “Will He”, is about an ex who has moved on to someone new. The somber piano in the background really sets the sad mood and wraps up the track together. The lyrics portray this mood masterfully.
The second song might only be called "Worldstar Money (Interlude)", but it should not be overlooked at all. Personally, this song has not gotten old for me at all since first listening. Starting with a ukulele, the song breaks into a soft-spoken but powerful lyrics-
“I looked at you and said, oh-oh-oh Don't hate me, am I crazy? So tenderly you watch me burn, you watch me burn, oh So tell me, am I crazy?”
These lyrics hit the note of despair and sadness, which makes this track the perfect one to play through your headphones on a rainy day.
All songs on In Tongues capture a variety of subtle emotions. This is something a lot of artists have struggle with. Overall, this EP shows Joji is a serious artist and you should keep your ears out for him in the months to come.