Rainy Mondays, vol. 10 – “Sasanqua”

Welcome back! For this week’s Rainy Mondays, I thought I’d shine another light on SEKAI NO OWARI. I previously featured them for their gorgeous contribution to the Mary and the Witch’s Flower soundtrack, but their first single of 2018 is just as beautiful.

The chords and instrumentation are stunning – gotta love that electric piano – and the lyrics of the chorus are so uplifting. The way Fukase sings the last verse of the first chorus (translated by Yukinekorin as “I think the main character of a story is the one who gets laughed at/Not the one who laughs at others”) warms my heart. I know Sekaowa for their more fun, upbeat songs like “RPG” and “Dragon Night,” but this shows how versatile they are. It’s such a treat!

“Sasanqua” is available in the West on iTunes and Amazon.

Perfume at Japan Night, August 2014

I’ve been listening to Perfume a lot lately – “Mugen Mirai” has inspired me to go back through their early catalog again.

Here’s a clip of Perfume performing “Edge,” off their Triangle album, to a crowd of about 50,000 or so people. As they are known to do, they completely shut it down. Give it a listen!!

Rainy Mondays, vol. 9 – “Mugen Mirai”

I’m calling it now: if the Chihayafuru manga maintains consistent quality as it goes on, this site will become a dedicated fansite for that series.

This is Perfume’s latest single, released last Wednesday, and as with every Perfume single since 2011, it is a tie-in song. This one is the theme song for the third live-action Chihayafuru film, released in Japan last weekend. You may recall in my review of Chihayafuru vol. 1 that Perfume previously recorded a theme for the first film. Continue reading

Sakanaction – “Kagerou”

Sakanaction has a bevy of new releases coming out in the next few months, not least of which is a brand new album! No announcement has been made regarding a date or other details, but they did release a new song to radio, “Kagerou,” a few weeks back. I wish it was a little longer, but I still love it!

Before that, they have a new compilation album coming out later this month. Sakanazukan releases March 28th and compiles songs from throughout their 10+ years of releases. You can preorder the physical edition from CDJapan here. I’m hoping the digital release is available on iTunes worldwide, as all their studio albums are, if only so I can get this song.

Rainy Mondays, vol. 8 – “Sen to Rei”

I miss talking about music on this blog. Let’s talk about a favorite of mine, Sakanaction.

Sakanaction is a rock band from Sapporo, who formed in 2005 and has been active ever since. From their humble beginnings, they eventually achieved a number one album with their latest, 2013’s Sakanaction. The above, “Sen to Rei,” comes from their third album, Shin-shiro.

I love Sakanaction because they sound very much like a modern take on late 70s/early 80s new wave, like XTC or Talking Heads. I especially love their willingness to wear their dance music influences on their sleeve. This song doesn’t feature much of that, opting instead to have synth icing over a guitar-heavy cake. That said, it’s set at a very danceable tempo, and I love the rhythm with which Yamaguchi Ichirō delivers the lyrics. I’m not entirely sure how I interpret what he’s saying here (courtesy of an English translation via kimonobeat on Tumblr), but I love the image when he sings, “at the exact moment it hits 12:00 AM/I’m space, worn out from my night flight.”

Shin-shiro, along with all of Sakanaction’s albums, is available on iTunes.

CircusP – “Dream”

January 30th was the 9th birthday of Megurine Luka, CV03 in Crypton Future Media’s line of Vocaloid voice banks. Luka happens to be my favorite of Crypton’s, and maybe my favorite in general. I love the tone of her voice, and of all the Crypton banks, her English is the most coherent. To celebrate her anniversary, CircusP released a new song, “Dream.” Continue reading