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New Japanese Summer Orange: “The Ones”

Japanese Summer Orange gets sober on “The Ones,” a reflective number revealing new depth to the project. Up to this point, the semi-slacking outfit has been about stumbling about and feeling the hangover the next day, but “The Ones” heads out with a clear mind and a lot on its mind. The bedroom-recorded quality remains, with the guitar melody having a home-recorded glow and the vocals sounding raw (credit those keyboard squiggles though, for adding some jauntiness), but that’s all in service of a number that’s more about taking time to think things over and kind of just stew in tough feelings. It’s a new side of Japanese Summer Orange, and one that hints at lots of potential. Listen above.