Shawn Mendes’ “Lost In Japan” Is An Atmospheric Smash
Shawn Mendes continues to impress. Today (March 23) he pulled off the seemingly impossible by unveiling two massive anthems in less than one week. Yesterday the 19-year-old rolled out his sweeping pop/rock extravaganza “In My Blood.” Inspired by Kings of Leon, the earnest song is the lead single to his forthcoming third LP. He followed that up with a second taste of the album on his atmospheric “Lost In Japan,” and it is another solid gold bop. On it, the crooner takes a romance international as he offers to travel the globe to be closer to his flame.
Opening with melancholic keys, it transforms into an aural, sexy production as the hitmaker comes in to drop his seductive vocals. “All it takes it one flight. We’d be in the same time zone,” he proposes as things pick up. He gets even more romantic while dropping some serious lines on the chorus. “Do you got plans tonight? I’m a couple hundred miles from Japan, and I was thinking I could fly to your hotel tonight. Cause I can’t get you off my mind.”
Riding a beat that feels inspired by Justin Timberlake with its funky strings and driving bass, the “There’s Nothin Holdin’ Me Back” crooner seems perfectly at ease on the innovative release. Sonically, it feels like one of his biggest risks yet, but it manages to present a new, more mature version of the superstar.
Things are off to a very good start for Shawn. One day into his new era, and he is already dominating iTunes charts and will likely make a strong debut on the Billboard Hot 100. In less than 24 hours “In My Blood” racked up more than 3 million streams on Spotify, and it is sitting comfortably at the top spot of the US iTunes. Based on how things are going, it looks like his biggest competition for the top spot will be himself. Give the track a spin below!