Song Review: Nissy – Say Yes

Nissy - Say YesJust over two months since his last single, Nissy is back with Say Yes. And with a music video that carries on the story of February’s Get You Back, he seems to be crafting a connected universe of songs. I wouldn’t be surprised if we heard from him again two months from now. This regularity is a welcome shift, since new Nissy music has been hard to come by since 2018’s excellent Hocus Pocus 2 album.

Although I enjoyed Get You Back, I don’t think its hard-hitting EDM sound was a great fit for Nissy’s charms. He excels at groovier styles that allow his charismatic vocals to take center stage. In this way, Say Yes is an improvement. It may not reinvent the musical wheel, but it finds him thriving in his comfort zone.

The track opens with a plucked beat that has slight tropical undertones. The verse builds tension before additional percussion enters to support the pre-chorus. This is all window-dressing for the song’s true centerpiece – a two-part chorus that moves from slinky percussion to effusive synth-pop. I’m especially partial to the second part of this segment, where the instrumental unveils its full potential and the vocal performance becomes more rousing. I can’t say that the arrangement is particularly original, but Nissy’s smooth vocal pulls it off with flair. His music has always had a retro flair, but he’s never tackled an 80’s-inspired synthwave sound before. I’d be curious to hear what he could do with this aesthetic, and Say Yes seems to work as an on-ramp to more daring work in the future.

 Hooks 8
 Production 8
 Longevity 9
 Bias 9

7 thoughts on “Song Review: Nissy – Say Yes

  1. This is surprisingly good. Who is this guy, and why have I not listened to him much at all before?
    It reminds me a bit of the TVXQ duo and solo work – straight ahead old style R&B with contemporary flair.

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    • Oh my gosh, you have to go listen to the Hocus Pocus and Hocus Pocus 2 albums! They’re two of my absolute favorite J-pop albums, and Nissy has been a favorite of mine for years. He’s such an old-fashioned showman, and takes a hands-on role in every aspect of his music and performance. He’s also got one of my favorite J-pop voices. He was one of the members of co-ed group AAA, who I’ve written about a few times on the blog.

      This little mini-movie alone will give you an idea of his ambition. And, they were kind enough to include English subs!


  2. I loved Get You Back when I first heard it, and I still do! This song is almost a direct contrast with that loud bombast – for a large part of it anyway.

    And yet, it works. Just like Get You Back, the production is really ..nice? I don’t know how to explain it but it sounds very clean and full through my headphones – I love it.
    A lot of the instrumental is relatively minimal, but it’s uptempo enough to keep me engaged and when the second part of the chorus comes around I’m completely sold.

    This one also has those movie sound effects that somehow blend in with the song quite well. Interesting! Nissy is now officially on my radar.


  3. Oh I like this song! I am not sure though if all the build up in the introduction went with that first part of the chorus. It seemed a bit awkward to me. Anyway, it was smooth sailing after.

    I also really like his voice and his tone reminds me a little of Ryewook’s voice!

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