In Tongues is the first project released under the real name of Japanese artist Joji Miller – showing massive divergence from the Youtube personas he may be better known for.
Will He opens up the release with a very simple piano melody, swirling atmospherics and sombre vocal hooks – perfectly encapsulating the rest of In Tongues.
Pills, Demons and Window reinforce the instrumental and lyrical signature – it’s dark and slight projecting a sense of a very real human being, something Joji has kept very much safeguarded.
However, Bitter Fuck sounds less fully realised – slow guitar plucking plays well into existential themes but it’s in the hook where the track ultimately falls short of expectation.
Ultimately, In Tongues is about a young man grappling with the sad pangs surrounding the idea of sex and relationships or indeed the idea of emotionally fading away.
In a Youtube interview with Mass Appeal Joji said: “Even in my music there’s a very like nostalgic sexual vibe to it, which I intended it to have.
“The sadness in sex I’m still trying to figure out.”
The smooth lo-fi R&B lends well to the concepts present and while there isn’t a great deal of musical or tonal variation, In Tongues demonstrates a great proof of concept.