One of the best aspects of music is its innate barrier-shattering quality to it. No matter who one is, where they might live, or what they might do, music can still enthrall them as much as their neighbor, creating bonds that otherwise never would have existed. The same principle is also shared with language; notable examples being the rise of Latin music entering into the American music spheres along with Eastern music such as K-pop. These shifts are allowing many to expand their listening repertoire, and Japan-based Vaundy is one such artist reveling in these new international fans with his latest release “Tokyo Flash.”
Twenty one -year-old singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Vaundy wants to take over the world, and he’s not wasting any time. On his viral track “東京フラッシュ” or “TokyoFlash,” Vaundy showcases a smooth and elegant vocal delivery over punchy drums, rubbery bass and a hypnotic, harmonious leading guitar riff, all beautifully complemented by jazzy piano chords.
“Tokyo Flash” is irresistibly sweet-getting feet rolling, heads bopping, and bodies influencing without any difficulty. Vaundy’s melodic vocals encompass a guitar groove that can bring a grin out from pretty much anybody, making a glow like no other. A track can and will captivate audience members, and that will have many squeezing rehash for a really long time a long time.
The track opens with a simple but perfectly placed drum beat that is soon joined by a vibrant guitar melody—setting the tone of the song as a bright, lively one. As the singing starts, one would be hard-pressed not to melt from the delicate vocals Vaundy possesses. His range is impressive, reaching a falsetto that teeters on fragile and bustling. This vocal quality and style make him stand out in the otherwise crowded sphere of indie-pop. For non-Japanese speakers, this might seem like a reason to stop listening, but his style and melodic presence keep listeners glued to the music—even if unable to understand fully.
As the track progresses, further dives into various instrumentation take place. Small saxophone solos, altered guitar riffs, and percussion with slick beats all coalesce near the track’s end to provide a dynamic sendoff that sticks with listeners well-after the song ends. The song’s upbeat tempo and fast pace are then transported into the visual with its music video. As Vaundy navigates the Tokyo streets, mirages of himself appear as he moves forward, a flash of a previous self remaining in place. The art direction is a uniquely charming stamp on the track, complementing the track’s jubilant tone with a hazy-like presence that serves to only further enrich the experience.
The marvelousness and eccentricity Vaundy radiates is a not thing to be missed-the tame yet grandiloquent song of “Tokyo Flash” being the perfect representation regarding the reason why. The track exemplifies why is music: there are no hindrances to it extraordinary. Regardless of whether one is conversant in Japanese, there is something to appreciate with Vaundy, and his further openness in the West is something to profoundly anticipate.