New Japanese Vibes (101) – ぼくのりりっくのぼうよみ Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi ‘Be Noble’

A dramatic contrast to the mellow and soulful vibes of past songs ‘sub/objective’ and ‘newspeak’, ぼくのりりっくのぼうよみ Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi unleashes a fiery drum ‘n’ bass energy in their adrenaline-rushed number ‘Be Noble’. Now a mature university student, one listens to this track and feels as though it’s a coming of age in the singer’s musical visions. ‘Be Noble’ drives a locomotive momentum on the sonic railway with an infectious mix of dazzling synths and guitars, relentless drum rhythms and illuminating vocals.

Other Info

  • Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi’s new album Noah’s Ark was released on January 25th.
  • Hear more tracks by Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi in my blog posts here.

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New Japanese Vibes (70) – ぼくのりりっくのぼうよみ Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi ‘Newspeak’

ぼくのりりっくのぼうよみ Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi is back with another seductive hip-hop number ‘Newspeak’, from his latest EP Dystopia. The track spawns an attractive blend of ebbing and flowing rapping, silky melodies, sleek harmonies, pumping beats, and a gorgeous chorus that is enough to grab the musical heartstrings of Japanese soul/hip-hop enthusiasts.

Other Info/Context

  • Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi’s new EP Dystopia will be released on July 20th.

© Isaku Takahashi

New Japanese Vibes (13) – ぼくのりりっくのぼうよみ Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi ‘sub/objective’

When listening to ‘sub/objective’ by ぼくのりりっくのぼうよみ Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi, one may hardly believe that it a high school teenager from Yokohama was the mastermind behind this seductive and soulful hip-hop/rap track.

The track trickles through with a smooth flowing vibe and youthful spirit. Stuttering guitar chords set the catchy hip-hop/nu-jazz pulse in motion, but at the same time it evokes a subtle minimalist character that influences the track from start to finish. The silky harmonic and textural backdrop enhances the melancholic vocals of Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi, making the overall effect tranquil and addictive in equal measure.

Other Info/Context

  • His debut album hollow world will be released on 16th December.
  • Boku no Lyric no Bouyomi translates as ‘reading my lyrics monotone’
  • During his high school education, he auditioned for 閃光ライオット Senkou Riot, a rock festival dedicated to teen artists and was chosen as a finalist.

© Isaku Takahashi