After establishing himself with his 2017 EP In Tongues and first full-length album BALLADS1, released the following year, Joji returns in 2020 with Nectar, a project he describes as having “a sense of urgency but calm.” That’s precisely the feeling of “Gimme Love,” a two-part song that begins at a feverish but steady pace before drifting off to a dreamy place at its midway point.
Trusting himself has resulted in billions of streams and YouTube views, sold-out shows and festival appearances, and his debut late-night TV performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. On The Tonight Show, Joji performed “Run,” his highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 and the first single from Nectar. A propulsive wallow in fresh loneliness after a breakup, “Run” features some of Joji’s most intense vocals—he flexes his falsetto over driving guitar and drums that would fill an arena. As in the video for “Gimme Love,” the visual for “Run” illustrates the desire for escape, as Joji scrambles to exit a limousine that appears to be endless. The promise of something else keeps him moving.
A restless creator, fluent in multiple mediums, Joji will take listeners to someplace unexpected with Nectar when it arrives on September 25.