Label: Innovative Leisure
Released: June 21

On Jonah Yano’s stunning debut, we hear some of the strongest lyrical storytelling of the year. Forgoing genre conventions, he shares vivid memories of separation and loss in a subdued acoustic sonic atmosphere. The 11-song LP has the narrative focus of folk on tracks like “congratulations, you’re in first place” and the levity of alternative pop on smooth standouts like “delicate." On “monarch,” Jonah incorporates the unstructured expressiveness of jazz as his voice soars over loose saxophone riffs. Perspective is one of the main themes on souvenir: tracks are told from the POVs of each of his parents as he sets the scene for their separation. But as he shifts from each of his parents’ points of view, he is rooted in his own voice. —Sumiko Wilson