International pop sensation Shawn Wasabi will mark his virtual TV debut on Twitch TV’s smash hit series 'Animal Talking' with Gary Whitta on Thursday, July 9, at 7 pm PT. Wasabi will join the all-avatar cast of “2020’s hottest talk show” performing 'Animal Crossing' and his current single, 'Lemons (ft. kennedi)' before taking the couch for a chat with Whitta from his virtual basement studio. Both tracks are featured on Shawn’s acclaimed debut full-length album 'Mangotale', available now on Facet/Warner Records.
Explains the story behind 'Mangotale', Wasabi said: “This is my first full-length project & I’m incredibly excited for people to listen to it! I produced almost the entire thing on my laptop at home! I’ve changed, developed & grown so much over the last five years - my understanding of the world, of myself & my personality; being disassembled & reassembled; making friends; the people I’ve interacted with & my different musical inspirations/mentors. I feel like this project perfectly expresses that shift while also channeling the energy & emotion I had in those different chapters of my life. Mangotale also flexes a lot of my musical range between collaborative pop energy production and weird knob-twiddling audio manipulation sound design.”
Facet Co-Founder Justin Tranter added: “What Wasabi has done on Mangotale blows my mind. It’s a high-level production masterpiece grounded by a collection of the most charming joyful songs maybe ever. Just like Shawn himself, the high-level musicianship never comes off as pretentious because he is smiling and laughing the entire time.”
Mangotale is a versatile collection of polished pop cuts reinforced by an all-female crew of singer-songwriters including kennedi, raychel jay, Tia Scola and more. Fans and critics have responded with equal excitement to the 12-track album, which in many ways is the perfect stay-at-home summer soundtrack.