A listener is drawn into the passion behind the lyrics before caring about the message. “Wash” is simultaneously warm, inviting, chilling and haunting. The song reflects J Appiah’s coming to terms with the loss of his father, although he never knew the man. Appiah explains that it’s a bittersweet meditation on the ‘what-ifs’ in life, with heart-stopping realness.
J Appiah is an East London vocalist and songwriter. Despite the minimalist approach in “Wash,” Gospel and Hip Hop influences simmer throughout the track.
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J Appiah’s pointed observational songwriting stems from a lifelong fascination with people on both microscopic and macroscopic levels. Having finished a degree in Social Anthropology, observation is something that has always informed and given shape to his creative and interior life. According to Appiah, “people bring colour to life and life is at the heart of everything”.
Musically, Appiah finds kinship with his listeners. The act of creating music for J Appiah is the art of finding and conveying possibilities, in lyrics and in music, to feel human and alive in a metropolitan environment that can often seem cruel, disorientating, and larger than us. Music is our common escape, and from the moment the listener presses play, Appiah lets us know that we’re not alone.