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On “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK,” Joji continues the lovelorn narrative from his previous single “Yeah Right” over a dark, ambient instrumental.

This time around, he uses the metaphor of slow dancing in the dark to characterize a failing relationship—just like a slow dance where you can’t see your partner’s face, his relationship with this person is intimate but ultimately impersonal.

Joji first previewed the song on May 12, 2018 at the Blurry Vision Festival. He announced its official release on September 7, along with teaser photos from the music video.

  • What have the artists said about the song?

    Joji with Annie Mac

    The track is um, I just wanna do like a strong power ballad stuff, kinda like some new age kinda stuff, and I thought that was pretty cool, so it all came together.
    I like ballads, I think it’s nice, people should get into them.

  • What is being expressed in the music video?

    In the music video, Joji continues his theme of being surrounded by blood, as previously in “Will He.” This time he dressed as Faun, a half human-half goat creature and have been shot by an arrow referencing Cupid’s arrow later on.

    In the ancient Roman empire, Faun is represented as inspiration of fear in men traveling in lonely, remote or wild places, while Cupid, in the music video, shot joji in the back with a lead arrow, which sends out the feel of aversion and desires only to flee,

    It seems like after Joji was being hurt by his loved one, he embarks on the road to try getting back by her side. But once he’s on the journey, he started to fear that she may reject him once again and hurt him even deeper, represented by the transformation of Faun. After being shot by the lead arrow, Joji gave up on trying to find her and let her go, with gaunt face and paired dark, ominous visuals.

  • What does the single art represent?

    The single art has Joji sprawled on white panels in a pool of blood.

    The contrast of the red blood on top of the white panels, as well as the shape of the pool, are reminiscent of the flag of Japan. Joji is Japanese-Australian and was born in Osaka.

  • Are there any allusions in the music video to past songs?

    Yes, in Joji’s music video for “Slow Dancing in The Dark” at about 3:21, Joji’s bloody hands are grasping onto the window. This is an allusion to Joji’s past singe “I Don’t Wanna Waste My Time’s” cover art.

  • Translations:

  • What inspired this song?


    I was just trying to write a good song. You know what I mean? I mean, obviously I might take influence from people I know, or situations, or feelings that just like emotions that I remember from times back. But there’s no specific situation that would’ve prompted that directly. It’s just some Celine Dion shit, or something. I know Asians, we love Celine Dion, and it has the same sort of thing going on.

  • How did the song come about?


    I was cutting it in the studio. It was just me. I actually wrote it all while I was recording it. I mean, it was done intentionally. That’s how I write sometimes. I’d just sit and write by myself and then go into the booth and try things. I was writing it bit by bit, just creating it. Just what I was feeling on the fly. Usually the instrumentals give me a good idea of what’s going on. The song is someone kind of crooning, like calling out, to someone else being like, “Don’t waste my time, be with me.” Which, I’m sure a lot of people feel. You know what I mean? Don’t be lukewarm.

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