YAOUNDÉBOXINGCLUB introduces themselves to the world with their new single “Boundaries”.
The lo-fi pop sound with a blend of singer-songwriter flare is beautiful. “Boundaries” feels personal and real. This is such a lovely soft track, the percussion brings a bit of pop to the otherwise floaty track. I love how this track is just a beautiful blend of synths and relaxed vocals, nothing feels rushed, it feels like a stream of consciousness almost and I love that. “Boundaries” is the thoughts you have post-breakup, you do what you need to do to reset and get back to “normal” bit it is not easy.
“This song is the first song I’ve finished after a very long writer’s block. I sat at my laptop and quickly came up with the chord progression, which is quite slow and emotional. I then had the idea of adding an African drum pattern, and from then the vocal melody came almost instantly, quickly followed by the lyrics. Lyrically the song is about being conflicted between being there for the people you love and putting yourself and your well-being first” — YAOUNDÉBOXINGCLUB.
21-year-old French singer, songwriter, producer and mix engineer YAOUNDÉBOXINGCLUB has been quietly working on new music in the past year whilst producing and engineering for other artists. When she previously performed as MJ Bodson, she was known for her minimalist approach to songwriting and producing. After much thought and a rebrand, she’s approaching music differently — infusing alternative pop with sprinkles of popular African music such as soukous and makossa to create her own unique sound. “Boundaries” is the first taste of music she’s excited to share with the world.
Review by Hannah Schneider