Almost three years later and the Artists to Watch section will be returning on a semi-regular basis and why not start off with pop music being created from a recent Tokyo transplant, Brian Ishiba. Having recently moved to Japan from the suburban life outside of LA, his latest album, which came out in February, is about how he was feeling getting ready to leave the “controlled chaos of urban living and the stress that comes with” to Tokyo.
His music, especially “How Can I Be Sure” (listen below) creates a sense of nostalgia in the listener for what could have been if you never embraced the new and confronted the future. Ishiba said, about his music, “these songs are little episodes in my life over the course of the past six months. They’re about feeling lost and dealing with my fears about the future. They’re about accepting the things in life you can’t change. They’re me whining to myself. They’re about saying goodbye.”
Listen to the full EP below.