Australian artist Jun Parker who is based in Portland, Victoria brings us a track Embracement which takes us down memory lane. Embracement combines smooth jazz and funk to a pop sensibility which will get you grooving and humming along. Parker is a medical professional who is also a prolific singer, guitarist, and composer. Jun Parker is an exponent of the City Pop genre of 70s and 80s Japanese pop which brings together diverse styles like R&B, jazz, soft rock, soul, and funk.
Hailing originally from Kanagawa, Japan, Jun brought his large collection of 70s and 80s Japanese music which formed his musical roots. The genre has seen a huge resurgence and is ever popular with the emergence of artists like Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak. Jun continues the bright legacy of Japanese City Pop artists like Tatsuro Yamashita, Anri, and Miki Matsubara in Embracement. While doing so he ensures to bring a modern interpretation to the genre with a style he calls Australian Neo City Pop.
The song contains tasty guitar licks to the background of high piano notes and a laid-back grooving walking bass line. Emotive vocals by Jun in Japanese can be felt across language barriers. A steady snare beat then smooths us into the pocket of the rhythm. The slap bass in the bridge heightens the tension. The recurrent guitar riff forms the rhythmic and harmonic skeleton and spine upon which the stunning piano playing acts as lead harmonies and ornamental styling. The song’s thematic canvas lies in the mystery of a lady wearing a blue scarf when winter has already ended.
Jacob West’s classy playing reminds you of the amazing guitar comping by Paul Jackson Jr. while the piano parts are mesmerizing. The tasty guitar solo has the right dose of treble and mid-range feel. The top-notch production ensures that the feel of the song is translated into optimum musical expression. Embracement is is a delightful urban contemporary number that you would keep spinning on repeat while drowning in nostalgia.
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