Watch: Yonen – “Tokyo”

Irish instrumental jazz fusion/math quartet Yonen have graced us with new song Tokyo, released via their Bandcamp page. This is only their third single release but the complexity of composition and maturity of sound for such a relatively new band is astounding.

Tokyo begins like it’s about to break into a 2000’s Mark de Clive-Lowe electronic groove until jazz explodes over the drums. There’s nods in many more directions over the transformation of the song; in particular a strong Hiatus Kaiyote vibe, but that could just be the jazz-fusion and space electronics speaking.

The way Yonen apply fusion to their sound not only encompasses the jazz fusion genre itself, but expertly fuses ambient-electronic, prog, jazz and math elements into a coherent amalgamation. It’s a truly wonderful song, full of emotion and energy beyond its (nearly) seven minutes.

On the release of Tokyo, bassist Cathal McKenna said:

“We are hugely into repeating and developing musical motifs throughout a song to give the sensation of a ‘journey’; beginning in one place and ending in another. We are all fans of classical music and I think this comes out through our use of dynamics- we use dynamic changes to instill emotive movements. ‘Tokyo’ takes place in our imagining of a futuristic ‘Nu-Tokyo’, combining our love of futurism and sci-fi”.

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