The son of a Japanese mother and a French father, Soran was raised on the south shore of Montreal among his father’s musical instruments.
Soran’s fan base rose significantly when he appeared on La Voix in Quebec and started sharing covers and originals on social media. “I Wish” was released by Soran in 2016 after he signed with Audiogram.
When Soran released a six-song ep with the help of Connor Seidel in 2018, he played all the instruments and co-produced them (Matt Holubowski, Elliot Maginot, Charlotte Cardin).
This time, Soran has a new album out via Universal Music Canada. Singer-songwriter Soran is back with a new EP, Space Boy, which includes five songs. Soran’s language, although showing off a high level of songwriting sophistication, is honest and delivered in a confessional tone. Soran’s unique jigsaw is slowly falling into place, exposing a coming-of-age narrative unlike any other.
He continues to write about the death of Soran’s mother, but it’s not always how you would think. Their friendship and her remembrance are reflected in each song. While at times devastating it can also be beautiful, Soran is freely revealing a very private part of himself to his listeners via his music, which is almost like a direct message to her.
That song means so much to me. My mom named me after the anime Space Boy Soran. In Japanese, there are three different alphabets. She decided to write my name as ‘Universe’ in Japan. Lyrically, it’s about a character who goes out to save the world. It’s ironic, because I’m doing all of the things that she wanted me to do now, but she’s gone. It sounds like me, yet so much of it is my mom. I find a way to celebrate her in every song.
In a unique manner, Soran pulls you in by revealing and sharing fragments of his mother’s life via his music and therefore with his followers directly. Even though she is not physically there to join in Soran’s triumphs, she is a vital part of him and is meticulously and elegantly intertwined into the art he creates with each release, her memory lives on via it.
Space Boy tells my story in parallel with the Japanese anime “Space Boy Soran” from which my mother was inspired to choose my first name. Each song tells an experience that I lived the past 3-4 years and you can hear at the same time the evolution of my sounds shape. This EP is the introduction to a world where I, Space Boy, am about to dive to become the Soran invested with a mission: to reinvent the perspective of what is ‘Pop’.