‘In My Blood,’ ‘Lost in Japan’ surprising new singles for Shawn Mendes

Sophia Comas, Features Editor

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Shawn Mendes, best known for his guitar skills and astounding vocals, released two new singles on March 22 and 23 titled “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan,” both showing his amazing aptitude for creating differing styles of music. The two songs will be featured on his third studio album.

Teasing his fans on Twitter, Mendes wrote, “Back in the studio this month to finish the album… x.” This left relentless and eager fans excitedly waiting to hear what awaited them, leaving them far from disappointed with “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan.”

Straying from his typical style, “In My Blood” is the first snippet of what fans are starting to expect from his new music. Instead of writing lyrics depicting the feeling of getting his heart ripped out of his chest, Mendes made “In My Blood” to be uplifting and inspirational. His style of music and rhetoric within his lyrics create a sensational and upbeat tune accompanied by empowering words.

In “Blood,” he asks the rhetorical question of how he can continue his way through miserable points of his life while battling crippling anxiety, and quickly responds to the unanswered question by belting out a chorus that says giving up “isn’t in my blood.” This empowering ballad of strength encourages his listeners to fight the never-ending battle of stress and anxiety as well as creating a melody that beautifully carries out his message of care and support.  

The second track from this new album, “Lost In Japan,” isn’t so similar. Though it still greatly showcases his musical talent, this contemporary R&B single combines pop and jazz-style music to create a groovy-sounding melody as well as displaying his not-so-commonly seen romantic side.

Introducing the piece with a soft piano melody, it smoothly transitions into an snazzy baseline not typically seen in Mendes’s music. This new sound also carries with it some new lyrics, where he timidly asks his “lover” of sorts if he can change the course of his plane to meet her in Japan. This short and sweet love song about spontaneous rendezvous in foreign countries comes with inspiration from John Mayer, as Mendes said in an interview with The FADER in 2016. Mendes claims to have channeled all of the best aspects of his musical idol into “Lost In Japan,” which fans can clearly hear when listening to it.

It’s no shock that “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan” have been quickly climbing the charts, placing on the Top 100 and reaching 38,000 downloads in the United States according to Billboard. The two singles show the raw musical talent Mendes. For such a young artist to have accomplished this much with his music is truly astounding. Based on these two singles, his third album should be nothing but terrific.

 

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