Japan Soul

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Watch the video for Hey Yah Hey: www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7-QTJ6jnSY

Video Synopsis: A group of young artists wander the streets of Paris while under the continuous surveillance of mysterious drones. The group cleverly finds ways to assert their creative identities and foil the spying drones. Although the video plays like an 80s apocalypse scenario the reality it presents is, disturbingly, not fiction. 

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Constantly evolving, Japan Soul is a wandering vacuum of ideas influenced by styles as diverse as art rock, sophisti-pop, funk and electronic dance music. Japan Soul seeks to create transcendental music that synthesizes art, dissent and euphoria through popular music.

Japan Soul’s upcoming LP, titled Plastic Utopia, is an artful protest of the times. “The album is mostly a compendium of my thoughts on these troubled times,” says Jason Paul. “The conceptual premise of Plastic Utopia is that we have slipped into an apocalyptic alternate universe caused by a rift in time that began around the year 2000. 911, Iraq, the great recession…it feels like in the 90s we were on course to avoid all these terrible calamities. Things are no longer as they should be. On Plastic Utopia, Japan Soul gives voice to the artistic resistance of this dystopian world. The songs are like landscape vignettes of this moment in history. Time can move backwards and forwards and I think our eclectic pop reflects that.”

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released July 23, 2013

Japan Soul is Jason Paul, David Rozner and DaVe Lipp.

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Japan Soul Brooklyn, New York

Constantly evolving, Japan Soul draws on styles as diverse as art rock, sophisti-pop, electronic dance music and funk to create euphoric music.

Japan Soul is the music collective of Jason Paul—vocals, guitars, bass, programming, DaVe Lipp—saxophones, bass, guitar and eclectic instruments, Matt McMurry—keys, synth and programming and Tyler Graham—drums and percussion.
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Track Name: Hey Yah Hey
Hey Yah Hey (lyrics)

Sometimes
it almost feels
like the time away was never real

Recall
the mountain trail
with the helicopters overhead

we spent a year dreaming up ways that we could dislocate
when we finally woke up we were gone and in a different place
it was a year when we moved so fast it felt like days
something's changed forever never I say

Hey Yah Hey!

Rewind
we're right back here
with a fever to depart again

Outside
on tiny islands
floating on the current miles and miles

we spent a year dreaming up ways that we could dislocate
when we finally woke up we were gone and in a different place
it was a year when we moved so fast it felt like days
something's changed forever never I say

Hey Yah Heh!

Make some noises
raise your voice
lift your tired hands

©2013 Japan Soul
Track Name: Transparent
Transparent

She likes to party
She likes to run around
She’s spinnin’ stories
She’ll tell you up is down

It’s transparent

He’s your big brother
He entered willingly
They asked for secrets
He gave them all for free

It’s transparent

If you can read between the lines
You’ll find distortion and lies
Architects of our own demise
We’re all ambient spies

She took some photos
They got all a-round town
She can’t erase them
Look what her mother found

It’s transparent

He can’t believe it
His identity stolen
Became a virus
Infected everyone

It’s transparent

If you can read between the lines
You’ll find distortion and lies
Architects of our own demise
We’re all ambient spies

Chasing the ego’s vanity
They built monopolies
Prop-POP-aganda of the free
Sold you transparency

We’ve made enough mistakes
But there ain’t no brakes
On this train
We’re goin’ off the rails
A generation fails

Transparent boys and girls