WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM KATANAK – LIGHTS OF TOKYO
Deep from the sunny heart of Brisbane, indie powerhouse Katanak reflects on the sincere excitement of meeting someone new under the stark and overstimulating ‘Lights of Tokyo.’
It’s not easy to recount the feeling of locking eyes with a stranger for the first time, especially on unfamiliar soil, but Katanak expertly captures this intrinsically hopeful and electrifying sensation in his latest indie banger.
The anthemic sing-along pulls you in with lo-fi synth instrumentals, comparable to early eras of The 1975, before setting an anticipatory visual scene… “I’m standing outside a bar / halfway around the world / and I couldn’t speak a word.” Just moments later you’re riding a cool drum-driven wave while Katanak describes that first glimpse of someone who instantly puts you at ease.
The vision is clear as day, backed by an infectious beat has you bopping along without choice.
And this compelling energy doesn’t let up throughout the whole track, as 30 seconds in you’re met with an unforgettably popping chorus in which Katanak’s sweetly passionate vocals and carefully considered instrumentals sweep you up in a welcome flurry, propelling you into the lovers’ exciting bubble of adventure through the iconic Japanese city.
From start to end, ‘Lights of Tokyo’ is a super smooth and meticulously crafted earworm that will have you humming its melodies for days. Self-produced by Katanak, this track is an ode to his abilities in storytelling, instrumentation, and mastery of the indie genre.