Ahead of the release of her debut album ‘Before Sunrise’ next month, Tokyo based Nana Yamato releases ‘Do You Wanna’ on Dull Tools.
A snoozier but ultimately cooler sibling to previous release ‘If’, it’s an exploration of repressed self-expression and sonically it encapsulates all the aspects of any good DIY pop track with Yamato’s newly found voice at the heart of it all. Think Desire laced with the whimsy of Molly Nilsson.
When asked about the track, she elaborates “This is a song about self-transformation, what I felt in the process. When I was younger I thought I was an independent person, but in fact, I was selfish and left it all to others. All the things I thought I don’t like were actually caused by myself. When I realised that, I felt like I was the only one who was left behind in the world. I was ashamed of myself. I had to change myself. It wasn’t easy for me. I’m still in the process. I wonder if this is what it means to become an adult.”
Nana Yamato takes the modest act of daydreaming and moulds it into an integral art form that serves her need for creativity and stability, allowing for a welcome escape to the restless claustrophobia Tokyo can impose. Massively relatable today when the walls of daily life have dwindled to a heap of various sized screens beckoning to be stared at and imagination is all we really have.
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