Influenced lovingly by Japanese city pop, “Embracement” is a new track from Jun Parker, an artist based in Victoria, Australia. The smooth, sophisti-pop sound resonates throughout the track, which was recorded in Port Fairy, Victoria and in Yokohama, Japan. The result, meshing abundant hooks with heartfelt sentimentality, is one that would make city pop staples like Tatsuro Yamashita proud.
Parker sets the following imagery for listeners of the track: “In your mind’s world where dreams, memories, past and present are intermixing, there is a lady with a blue scarf walking down the street. Why is she wearing a blue scarf when the cold winter has already passed?”
Frolicking piano-laden charisma and a suave bass line complement Parker’s vibrant vocals, ascending beautifully at points like past the two-minute mark, exuding a yearning elongation amidst the flourishing piano and funk-tinged bass. There’s a vulnerability in the vocal presence that captivates, with a magnetic melodic charm exhibited via the expressive guitar lines and perky piano adornments.
This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2022’ Spotify playlist.