“Undefeated” and its lively, optimistic atmosphere is already built to stay stuck in its audience’s head. Off Josh Pan‘s latest EP, the world within, the lyrical tune shows off his true musicality while serving up an encouraging message of finding inner peace. Its video has finally arrived following a confusing social media campaign, and its plot is certainly as attention-grabbing as the song itself.
We see the protagonist, Pan, just getting into a good space following a breakup, after which he catches a strange ailment that causes him to turn reptilian. Certainly a bizarre plotline, but one that speaks to the song’s overall motif of learning to accept and be happy in the present, no matter what sorts of “lemons” life might present. The video thus far has earned rave reviews from Skrillex and others in the OWSLA camp and beyond.
OWSLA knows how to pick outside-the-box artists. Their regular signee, josh pan, is an embodiment of this curatorial edge. He’s most known for his bassier, high-octane productions, but has proven himself equally effective in other realms, like hip-hop, deep house, and more. Now, he caps off the year with even more broken ground, exploring an even more stripped-down, chilled aesthetic in a four-piece EP titled the world within.
Pan opens the project with a breezy, indie-esque number with buttery falsetto and lo-fi sound design. These themes carry over into the other tracks of the EP; ultimately, however, each track stands completely on its own outside this bond. “take your time,” for example, is a smoother number that errs more on the contemporary R&B side, while “overdue’s” cinematic elements make it feel like it came out of a film soundtrack. Once again, the low-end star proves he knows how to evolve as an artist and remain on the cutting edge.