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.