Ghost Pepper", which earned them praise from the likes of I Heart Moosiq, Indietronica and Low Flying Birds, just to name a few, enigmatic Los Angles-based outfit Toyko (pronounced toi-koh) now return today with their second offering called "Stronger Love", an emotional and anthemic alt-pop track which translates forms of pleading for forgiveness into colorful sonic patterns. From the sincere piano-led opening to the passionate chorus where the vocal fills with sheer emotion, "Stronger Love" has a sense of real pop power and that's because it's based on a vivid personal experience.
"'Stronger Love' came after a night of heavy drinking and a bunch of poor decisions, " the band explains. "Come the next morning, I knew I had hurt someone I care for deeply and wrote this song as a cry for forgiveness. It's funny cause when I hear the song now it feels empowering, fun and uplifting but when I was writing the lyrics I was actually in a pretty dark place. I never set out to make a track like this, just sat down agenda-less and let raw emotion run its course."
Toyko believes in quality music above all else and as far as they are concerned, further details about themselves are simply a distraction from the music they create, but here's what you need to know: "Toyko is here for the long term and we have one simple message to our listeners; you are at your best, when you are just being yourself."
Listen to "Stronger Love" and check out the single's accompanying visualizer below.
"Stronger Love" is available now on iTunes.
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