While the last month saw the release of power ballad “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK,” which continues to place on the Spotify Global and US Viral Charts (#3 and #2, respectively) with over 75 million cumulative streams and counting, Joji, the multi-talented visionary with a cult following from every corner of the internet, returns today to share his debut album BALLADS 1, out today via 88rising.
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.
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.”