Joji Season is in full effect as he releases visuals for yet another track “WANTED U” off his debut album: BALLADS 1
Joji, the multi-talented visionary with a cult following from every corner of the internet, just released his debut album BALLADS 1 last Friday via 88rising. Click here to listen to it now. Upon release, the album immediately hit #1 on the iTunes R&B charts and has quickly amassed over 115 million Spotify streams.
Today, Joji returns with the video for “WANTED U,” a fan-favorite ever since Joji previewed it on the 88rising Asia tour last year. It’s already been one of the top streamed new tracks on the album since release day. The Michael LaBurt-directed video for the song sees Joji keeping up with the season, donning an 80s glam rock fit just past Halloween day.
A master of multiple mediums, Joji is the Osaka, Japan-born singer and producer capturing a following from every corner of the Internet. The multi-talented visionary defies convention — his songs are characterized by down tempo, melancholic themes and soulful vocals, layered over lush grimy textures, blending elements of trap, folk, electronic, and R&B. Featured everywhere from Nylon to Billboard to VICE News (HBO) to Hypebeast and beyond, Joji is one of the most interesting and promising new artists in the digital age.
“…reminiscent of the British singer James Blake” – New Yorker
“Joji’s gentle, mournful voice translates…self-loathing into a sound that’s warm, intimate, and relatable…” – Pitchfork
“In case you’ve been living under a rock, Joji is the very serious, very good musical project of George Miller..Get ready to be obsessed with him, for real.” – Nylon
“…a comforting existential sigh where other artists might scream.” – TIME
“Joji might be evidence of one of the greatest transformations in modern pop culture…” -Rolling Stone
BALLADS 1 is a collection of ballads and songs dedicated to the theme of change. Each song deals with the struggle of change – leaving toxic environments, grappling with temptations, or refusing to change. The album is told from multiple perspectives, based on both people in Joji’s life and imagined. BALLADS 1 also reflects Joji’s evolution as an artist since the release of his debut EP In Tongues in November 2017. Through the recording process, Joji has unlocked an ambitious new sound and style that’s uniquely his own. The album is predominantly self- produced, yet features notable collaborations with producers Shlohmo, Clams Casino, RL Grime, Patrick Wimberly, and Jam City. BALLADS 1 also sees Joji and Trippie Redd follow up on their “18” collaboration from earlier this year with a highly anticipated new song called “R.I.P.”