YAYME – “Try”


“Try” is a new single from YAYME, the project of Chinese-American artist Amy Jiang. Spending much of her childhood between Shanghai and Beijing prior to moving back stateside, Jiang became involved with her school’s jazz band as a vocalist, at Shanghai American School. “I never thought I could be creative enough to write songs until after high school,” Jiang admits. “I just started experimenting with my music because time was the one thing I had a lot of in the moment.”

Growing from an initial fascination with improvisational jazz vocals and singing jazz covers, Jiang’s current musical output intertwines her beautiful vocal composure with dreamy, melodic pop songwriting on “Try.” The initial keys conjure an Ocarina of Time nostalgia as smoky-smooth vocals ask “tell me, are you my final destination?” into seasonal observations. “Nothing hurts more than when you’re distant,” the spine-tingling hook emits, exuding a harmonious and hooky lushness in its backing vocal layers and gentle keys. “Try” is a stellar dreamy pop showing from YAYME.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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