Singer-songwriter Soran returns, with brand new 5 track EP Space Boy. Following on from his recent offering, the honest and confessional ‘Way Up’, the cosmic ‘Space Boy’ and the electronic alt- pop, sad bop ‘Tired’, late 2021 into 2022 has seen Soran truly come into his own. Showcasing incredibly sophisticated songwriting, Soran radiates honesty throughout his lyricism and delivers this via an authentic confessional style narrative.
Beautifully using his music as a method of helping uncover and discover who he is as a person and as an artist, piece by piece, layer by layer, Soran’s unique puzzle is slowly slotting into place, revealing a coming of age story like no other.
With the evolution of his style Soran has truly landed with his explorative concoction of alternative RnB, Lo-fi, spacey electronics and buttery soft vocals all of which are perfectly displayed in this turn of the tide project ‘Space Boy’ via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.
A beautiful balance resides in the EP itself, with half containing elements of Soran’s past and the other representing his interpretation of his future. Referencing specifically that previous single ‘Tired’ and ‘What if’ are from before, ‘Don’t’ as a transitional piece and ‘Way Up’ and ‘Space Boy’ are defined as his newest offerings, providing insight into the direction he’s heading artistically and sonically.
‘Space Boy’ was a particularly poignant release for the young artist as it not only marked his return but was also a direct ode to his late mother who sadly passed away.
“That song means so much to me. My mom named me after the anime Space Boy Soran. In Japanese, there are three different alphabets. She decided to write my name as ‘Universe’ in Japan. Lyrically, it’s about a character who goes out to save the world.”
The tragic loss of Soran’s mother continues to surface in his songwriting, but not always in the way you might expect. Each single is a true homage to their relationship and her memory. It’s almost as if Soran is sending a direct message to her through his music, which at times albeit heartbreaking it’s also such a beautiful means of communication and a highly intimate part of himself that he is openly sharing with his listeners.
“It’s ironic, because I’m doing all of the things that she wanted me to do now, but she’s gone. It sounds like me, yet so much of it is my mom. I find a way to celebrate her in every song.”
Soran invites you in, in a way unlike any other, showing and sharing pieces of his Mother within his songwriting and therefore also directly with his fans. With each release her memory continues to live on and although she may not physically be here to be able to share in Soran’s successes, she is an integral part of him and is carefully and beautifully interwoven into the art he is creating.
“Space Boy tells my story in parallel with the Japanese anime “Space Boy Soran” from which my mother was inspired to choose my first name. Each song tells an experience that I lived the past 3-4 years and you can hear at the same time the evolution of my sounds shape. This EP is the introduction to a world where I, Space Boy, am about to dive to become the Soran invested with a mission: to reinvent the perspective of what is ‘Pop’.”
Entirely hands-on from conception all the way through to producing, Soran explores and absorbs it all, with genre being one of his favourite galaxies to traverse. Alongside writing for his own artistic project, Soran is also working with and writing songs for some other huge names in the industry such as Johnny Orlando, Alessia Cara, Zack Zoya and Anna Sofia.
Soran lives, eats and breathes music, from not being able to sleep without water sounds gently playing in the background to having his laptop set up on the tour bus in order to make tunes whilst he travels. Soran is following in the footsteps of the 1960s anime hero he was so aptly named after, with his super power and mission to explore and create music wherever it takes him, his dedication is clear and with this set in his sights, the universe is truly the limit.
Catch Soran performing live on his tour in Montreal, Toronto and Gatineau in May. As well as opening for Wild Rivers across Western Canada this July, please see below.
The moment an artist realises his musical capability resembles the moment a superhero embraces his power once and for all.
After quietly buzzing, Soran has grasped his destiny as a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Now, the Montreal-based half-Japanese and half-French artist architects a new vision for pop and R&B uplifted by interdimensional soundscapes and irresistibly infectious hooks. Blasting off independently with tens of millions of streams and views, he has truly taken flight on a series of singles for Universal Music Canada and his forthcoming 2022 debut.
“My superpower is making music,” he observes. “I’m incorporating my artistic inspirations from R&B to Pop and my heritage with Japanese moods. Everything has really aligned, and the music is just Soran.”
Music always surrounded Soran. His father played multiple instruments and kept drum sets, guitars, bass, and a mini-keyboard in the house. Meanwhile, Mom worked as a journalist for Japan and enrolled him in Japanese school until the age of twelve. Along the way, he learned three languages—English, French, and Japanese.
During a high school field trip to New York City, he bought a guitar from a homeless man, practiced constantly, posted videos to Facebook, and busked for a year-and-a-half at subway stations and on the streets. After making waves on La Voix (The Voice) in Quebec, he gained traction with his six-track self-titled EP, playing every instrument personally and generating 10 million-plus streams.
Simultaneously, he lent his voice to HENRI PFR’s “Going On,” picking up a gold certification in Belgium. He reached viral impact with the likes of “IG Comments Song” in addition to clocking 15 million streams by featuring on “Julia” by GAMPER & DADONI. Soran maintained his momentum in 2021 with “Bottled Up” before catalyzing another creative evolution inspired by everyone from Frank Ocean and Kanye West to his “favorite band of all-time” The Police.
“I love writing and producing,” he leaves off. “I really just want to create a sound you’ll recognize as mine. I’m just a kid who’s making music, but it’s my calling card. There’s so much people haven’t seen from me yet. I’m excited to show more in the future.”
Born on the south shore of Montreal to a Japanese mother and a French father, Soran grew up surrounded by his father’s musical instruments, on which he could begin to experiment and learn. Soran initially gained a strong fan following from posting covers and originals on social media and his fanbase only grew stronger after appearing on La Voix in Quebec. In 2016 Soran signed with Audiogram and released his single “I Wish”.
Soran went on to release a six song EP in 2018 on which he played all the instruments and co-produced with Connor Seidel (Matt Holubowski, Elliot Maginot, Charlotte Cardin). The EP’s songs have garnered over 10 million streams globally. The Summer of 2019 saw Soran collaborate with popular Belgium DJ, Henri PFR, on his summer single ‘’Going On”, which is certified gold in Belgium. In September 2019, German DJ duo, Gamper & Dadoni, released a remix of Soran’s ‘Julia’, which further introduced Soran to new fans. Soran is back with new music via Universal Music Canada.
SOURCE: Official Bio
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