First Listen: Nao Yoshioka breaks out of the pandemic in style

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    (May 1, 2022) Nao Yoshioka’s route to becoming a highly regarded R&B artist is unusual, while also confirming the music’s global reach and the universal impact of American culture. This Japanese singer has captured the attention (winning the SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Award as best new artist) and worked with some of the biggest name in the indie R&B scene since her noteworthy debut in 2012.

    An artist doesn’t do a duet with Eric Roberson if they don’t have the goods, and Yoshioka has proven to be an artist who can consistently deliver good music. That trend continues with her latest single, “Tokyo 2020.” The song combines mid-tempo steppers vibe with piano riff and string arrangement that’s an homage and recognition of Yoshioka’s Japanese heritage. Thematically, “Tokyo 2020” is a song about compromise and trying to reach balance in a relationship.

    (May 1, 2022) Nao Yoshioka’s route to becoming a highly regarded R&B artist is unusual, while also confirming the music’s global reach and the universal impact of American culture. This Japanese singer has captured the attention (winning the SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Award as best new artist) and worked with some of the biggest name in the indie R&B scene since her noteworthy debut in 2012.

    An artist doesn’t do a duet with Eric Roberson if they don’t have the goods, and Yoshioka has proven to be an artist who can consistently deliver good music. That trend continues with her latest single, “Tokyo 2020.” The song combines mid-tempo steppers vibe with piano riff and string arrangement that’s an homage and recognition of Yoshioka’s Japanese heritage. Thematically, “Tokyo 2020” is a song about compromise and trying to reach balance in a relationship.

    Yoshioka’s continued growth as a singer can be heard on this track. She moves effortlessly through the changes on tempo on this song, and displays her vocal range. Check out Nao Yoshioka’s “Tokyo 2020” here.

    By Howard Dukes 

    Nao Yoshioka - "Tokyo 2020"

     
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