Okay, a brand new artist for me; this is my first encounter with Yasu. Without knowing anything at all, I found a melodic track with some great guitar riffs, especially later in the piece (at 6.05+). There is a strong nod toward David Bowie, both lyrically and in the video. I could absolutely listen to more from this artist. The song builds up well; it has a blend of synthesiser with the drum beat and then the guitars kick in. Vocally, Yasu is cutting the mustard with clear, on-the pin vocals that deliver. 

I have to say that the song is not only about being lost somehow in space; reading my information sheet, the track is a rock opera about an astronaut who finds his ship adrift in space, with death imminent. It’s a song full of metaphors about depression and mental health.

We, as our readers know, often get behind initiatives and songs to support mental health. This one certainly delivers the sense of loss of control and being adrift, and for everyone who has felt like this, I would say, remember the tale of Pandora’s box; there is always hope left in the box for us!

For those of us who want to know more about Yasu, Yasu is a Japanese-Brazilian trans progressive rock artist whose talent for combining complex sonic textures with engaging lyrics transports listeners into a richly detailed sonic world where the past and present intertwine in magical ways. Combining progressive rock, new wave and pop music, Yasu draws strong inspiration from prog artists on the more pop side, such as Supertramp, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Alan Parsons Project and Steven Wilson.

We do have the video below, so you can listen for yourself. You will see the video shows an astronaut adrift in space, with excerpts from videos by singer David Bowie. The music has strong inspirations in bands like Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Porcupine Tree and David Bowie.

So check it out and get behind Yasu, a creative and talented musician to watch out for.

By Lorraine Foley

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