If you’re as active as we are on social media, you’ll have noticed 19-year old Canadian musician Shawn Mendes dropped not one, but TWO new tracks this week.
Since his second album release of Illuminate almost two years ago in 2016, it’s safe to say many have been waiting in anticipation for what he was planning to bring out next – and we have NOT been disappointed.
Released on midnight 24 hours apart, In My Blood and Lost In Japan showcase the new route Mendes is taking with his music. His maturity shines through, and these tracks are so contrasting yet emotionally relatable, no one was quite sure how to react.
In My Blood gives out a raw message of vulnerability, and portrays the darker thoughts not often broadcasted, backed up with soft rock sounds. Whilst penning inspiration from the likes of Kings of Leon, Mendes himself also said this song was “the closest to his heart he’d ever written” – and if that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye I’m not sure what will.
True, pure, raw music is something that has the power to reach and touch people, to make them feel not alone even if it’s for 3 minutes. Every element of In My Blood is perfect. That is not some generic pop song, it’s not disposable music, that was from the heart. #InMyBlood
— brooke // follow @hisserndipity (@vminmendes) March 22, 2018
On the other hand, Lost In Japan is fun and upbeat, and the Justin Timberlake vibes are REAL. Fans are already questioning whether the storyline is hypothetical or a real experience, whilst lyrically comparing it to previous tracks such as Illuminate’s Lights On. (Hopefully, this is reassurance that the old Shawn won’t have completely disappeared by the release of the third album!)
Whilst Mendes admitted to staying rather quiet during the creation process, now it’s almost out in the open it’s hard to decide who’s more excited – his fans (note: us), or himself.
As we’d expect, Mendes is currently holding the #1 spot in the iTunes charts across over 40 countries for In My Blood, whilst Lost In Japan is slowly creeping its way up – we love a pop sensation instantly dominating the charts, don’t we?
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