“WDYCOT,” or “Why Don’t You Come Out Tonight,” is a fun and upbeat single by American band Japan Soul. The band emanates a fun and playful swagger throughout “WDYCOT” that brings out a modernized rendition of 80’s pop rock.
Indeed, the track begins with a somewhat quirky and melodic feel that is reminiscent of The Pet Shop Boys. Japan Soul Sounds stylish here, with their upbeat and poppy performance giving the track a colourful dance feel.
Japan Soul’s guitar work throughout the track is flashy and fashionable, with the entire instrumental culminating together into a club-inspired pop hit. The overall production isn’t necessarily the crispest, but we can already imagine how enjoyable this song would be live.
Lyrically, we’re not looking at a super soulful and introspective anthem, but “WDYCOT” is simply a fun track. We wouldn’t necessarily go far to say that the song is trivial, as there is a fun maturity that emanates throughout the track. However, Japan Soul certainly brings a glitzy energy while staying grounded and grown up, opting for a cool and aged swagger rather than trying too hard to be hip.
“WDYCOT” shows off a fun and upbeat energy that Japan Soul seems ready to show off. Colourful guitar work with a sugary energy allows the 80’s inspired band to really shine. However, they are held back just a little by a production that needs just a little more fine tuning, as the track still feels overall loose. While the lack of polish might give the song a raw and rough charm, it still feels a little too reckless. Tightening up the production could go a long way into making the song come together, which is possible without ruining too much of its garagey charm.
Again, we’re not looking at the next anthemic epic, but “WDYCOT” is a fun hit that shows off a fun energy without coming too off the rails. We have issues with the production, but the enjoyability is still there. There is much promise in Japan Soul, and if their song captivates you enough, perhaps you really should come out to see them tonight.
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