Today’s Daily Feature is “Lejía” by American singer-songwriter iO!. The artist had this to say about the song’s context: “I wrote “Lejía” when I was living abroad in Madrid, Spain. It’s about adapting to life in a new country and deciding who you really are/want to be.” “Lejía” is something that I can really relate to as I am an American ex-pat living in Japan. I have been here for nine years but I remember experiencing the same kind of scenarios that was mentioned in “Lejía”: What should I do? Who should I be friends with? How should I find my life here in Japan or even friends? Although it seems hard at first, adapting to life in a new country can be easier over time as you find yourself in your new home.
The tune itself is a mixture of various types of rock: folk, acoustic, country, and alternative. You can hear that iO! devotes a section to each genre like the chorus being alt-rock, the verses are folk and country, and so on. How the artist blends the different genres of rock is brilliant and well-crafted. Yet, this mixture of diverse genres creates a pleasant tune to listen to.
What do you think of the song? Could you relate to it? Make sure to check out “Lejía” down below and let me know what you think in the comments!
About the Artist: iO!
iO! is a new artist whose debut single, “Orange Peels“, dropped on the 2nd of July! Having always had a natural affinity for music, the Ohio-born songwriter honed his craft over the years; co-writing and playing guitar for the band ENZO. After the passing of his mother from cancer, The singer-songwriter wrote what would turn out to be his first solo track.
Although he receives creative inspiration from a number of styles, iO! combines a variety of compositional elements to form his unique sound that has been described as psychedelic indie-pop. In addition to his upcoming single, the artist spent most of the lockdown writing and producing an entire album by himself in Madrid, which will be sure to excite and grow his fanbase.
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