5 Releases By Asian American Musicians You Need To Know

Electronic music producer Charlie Yin, also known as Giraffage. (Giraffage/Facebook)

As the weather gets cooler and the desire for moodier tracks grows, I’ve been on the lookout for some new tunes by Asian American artists, musicians, songwriters and DJs that capture the spirit of the season.

The leaves are changing colors and we crave nights in more than ever. Below are a few of my favorite recent releases and picks by artists I believe are going to blow up, if they haven’t already.

Let me know what you think! Any of these already on your playlist?

TOKiMONSTA – “Bibimbap”

DJ Jennifer Lee’s tasty bass lines amidst the traditional gayageum string plucks make this track off her newest album Lune Rouge absolutely mesmerizing. After rebounding from Moyamoya, her song, tinged with haunting melancholy to echoey beats, makes for a perfect fall release.

Kishi Bashi – “Say Yeah”

Kishi Bashi’s orchestral violin meets electronic pop is catchy and smooth. “Say Yeah” off last year’s Sonderlust made Billboard charts and is a romantic indie ballad that makes you want to sing-along.

Giraffage ft. Japanese Breakfast – “Maybes”

Charlie Yin, better known as Giraffage, paired up with indie rocker Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast to produce this loungey, electronic track “Maybes” full lightly-tapped beats, smooth synths and fuzzy vocals. Off his newest album Too Real, the track puts you in a sweet haze about romantic indecision.

The Family Crest – “Mirror Love”

Orchestral seven-piece indie rock band fronted by lead singer Liam McCormick released their lead single “Mirror Love” off their newest EP Prelude to War earlier this year. Behind its jazzy and romantic sentiments are the heart of indie rock with catchy orchestral hythms and McCormick’s cautionary vocals on love and self-reflection.

ZHU – “Hometown Girl”

The mystery man behind producer ZHU is Steven Zhu, whose infectious deep house electronic beats have made his music stand out. “Hometown Girl” off his debut album GENERATIONWHY offers a lighter, catchy track to relax to with vocals by singer-musician Jaymes Young.

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