Frank Rabeyrolles – “Japanese Dreams”


A single out today from French artist Frank Rabeyrolles, “Japanese Dreams” seamlessly immerses with its gentle guitar tones and lush vocals, concocting an intertwining of dream-pop and mellow rock. The track comes via the upcoming album Minor Blue, releasing in February on the artist’s label, Wool Recordings. “Japanese Dreams” takes inspiration from the artist’s recent trip to Japan, reflecting emotions arisen from the country’s beautifully diverse landscapes — from bustling cities to beautifully minimalist rural areas.

Caressingly hypnotic guitar twangs exude a slowcore appeal initially, with laid-back vocals emerging thereafter. Multiple layers of trickling guitars lead into a bouncy dose of distortion underlying. The title-referencing vocal line aligns with a brighter guitar-based disposition, reminding fondly of The Czars. The production compels in its steady vocal engrossment alongside textured, calming guitar work and slight percussion. “Japanese Dreams” shows an inviting, dreamy arsenal throughout.

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

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Dream-Pop.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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