LISTEN: Japanese Wallpaper ft. Wafia ‘Breathe In’
It’s hard to believe that JAPANESE WALLPAPER (known to his buddies as Gab Strum) is only 16 years of age. The multi-instrumentalist has already signed with Zero Through Nine, continues to release solid originals and remixes and is an active member of Melbourne’s live music scene.
You only get such chances with the right attitude, not to mention incredible talent – two things Strum carries elegantly, as depicted in his brand new track ‘Breathe In’.
The gentle, patient melody treads lightly through the song, and is quickly accompanied by a pensive synth sample fluttering in the background. These samples start to breed, increasing the electronic presence in ‘Breathe In’, controlling the intensity of each layer in the track yet ultimately remaining the most modest element. Through the soft percussion and vocal samples of Wafia, this track really does live up to its name, as the mood of ‘Breathe In’ is wistful yet forgiving; encouraging the respondent to inhale and reminisce blissfully.
Japanese Wallpaper‘s nostalgic new track signals the first listen from his forthcoming EP that is to be released via Zero Through Nine. On the lead up to its release, you can catch him, Wafia and The Townhouses play Irene’s Warehouse in Brunswick (Melbourne) next Sunday, 27th October. Tickets only available at the door!
Words by Hannah Galvin.