Right on the heels of a stellar support tour with French synthpop artists M83, Melbourne based songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Gab Strum, aka Japanese Wallpaper, is hitting home hard with his newest track “Cocoon”. The track was released on on Zero Through Nine via Inertia Music.
Strum began mixing when he was 13 years old, making tracks in his bedroom upstairs. He never expected he would play the main stage at Falls Festival, rock out for Splendour in the Grass, and appear in Zac Braffs ‘I Wish I Was Here’ cinema soundtrack before he’d even finished high school. He supported groups like CHVRCHES, Thundercat and Beach House before he turned 18.
Cocoon is the first new track since his latest EP, and retains Strum’s cool and translucent signature style. Japanese Wallpaper is known for their delicate and atmospheric electronica, and “Cocoon” keeps true to his style while still adding a new and personal touch. Strum lends his own deep and raw vocals to the single, making it intensely more intimate and meaningful. This is the first time Strum has recorded his own vocals. The track was written with London-based Alexander Burnett and mixed and mastered by Andrei Eremin, and the video is just as stunning and soothing as the song itself, and was made by Hamish Mitchell.
Strum explains: “Cocoon is about my tendency to over-analyse everything that happens to me, and the inevitably skewed perception of things that arises as a result”. We can relate. In addition to the new song, Japanese Wallpaper will be embarking on an Australian tour through Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Fremantle.
Check out the boy-wonder’s dreamy symphonic track and video here: