i don’t care by Yoyo Nagase: Review
Brilliant trumpet intro and a bass nova style guitar strumming pattern, total beach vibes with this one. ‘i don’t care’ by Yoyo Nagase accompanied by Pluto koi, A Kid Named Rufus, and Pretty Havoc is a jam of R&B and Modern Pop. All the singers are in sync with the song’s jam and it sounds exceptional, they all have such soothing voices! The overall musical melody is like a remedy for happiness, anyone can feel the smile with this song. I especially love how the song ends with a ukulele and some cool jazz whistling. It’s interesting, it’s got style, I’m lovin’ it!
The background to ‘i don’t care’ is intertwined with Yoyo Nagase’s early life and the reasons he entered the music business. His mother is from the Taiwanese city of Taipei, while his father hails from Toyama, a rural region in Japan. He struggled as a child to accept his Asian heritage. The same may be said of his music, especially as he composes Western pop, a genre in which there are very few Asian voices.
Yoyo and three other fantastic Asian musicians are working together to counteract this problem by giving a voice to neglected voices in the pop music industry. The group has over 110,000 monthly Spotify listeners and 30,000 TikTok followers, and they aspire to make waves and serve as an inspiration to upcoming Asian musicians. On September 16th, the song was released.
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Photo credits: Ivy Li, Ryan Fuentes, TJ Noel-Sullivan
Review by: Damien Reid