Perfume is a girl group from Japan that I’ve been interested in for a while. I’ve already seen and listened to their song “Tokyo Girl” but it is one of my favorite songs for a while. It has such a unique sound while still remaining true to Jpop and everything that makes Jpop its own thing.
The video follows several people in Tokyo even though it appears to be Paris from the start. In the beginning scenes of the video, you can see the Eiffel tower. The people in the video are running with glowing triangular prisms. We see the three members of Perfume being lifted in a sort of elevator shaft up to the top of a triangular building. Once the girls get to the roof of the building, all the people set their prisms in place and they light up the sky.
The song is so simple. It’s simple yet the way the synths move and the chords progress creates a hauntingly beautiful melody. I usually talk down autotune unless it’s used in a good way. Autotune to fix a note you can’t hit or because you feel like adding an interesting part in a song is not the right way to use autotune. However, Perfume is so good at matching the vocal style with autotune that it doesn’t sound like autotune but actually more of a digitized vocals. Overall, this song is such a masterpiece. In fact, when it comes to Jpop, this song almost trumps all I know of Jpop.
What did you think? Did you enjoy Perfume? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you so much for supporting me. Please support Perfume and other Jpop artists. Thank you and I’ll see you in my next review.
I feel sometimes that I don’t give enough representation to the genre of OPM (Original Pilipino Music). I know a lot of the people who look at my website are Filipino and I know a lot of people involved in Kpop are Filipino. I used to live in the Philippines. I know some things. With that being said, I want to represent the Filipino music industry a bit better. Today I will start with one of my favorite songs in the Filipino industry, “Indak” by Up Dharma Down.
In the series the video comes from, a music studio brings in musicians from all over the country and has them perform as a live studio performance. For those of you who don’t know what that means. It means they play their music live and all the tweaks done are usually done in post production. The series is called Tower of Doom and they’ve had all sorts of musicians in their studio, but they tend to stick more towards actual musicians playing actual instruments rather than just vocalists. As I mentioned, the video is just them performing their song as if it were a band practice in the studio.
The reason this is one of my favorite songs is under multiple reasons actually. The first being that the girl can sing. This may not be the best example of what her voice is capable of but trust me when I say she can sing. That’s the first reason. The second is the instrumentation. There’s something soothing about a soft steady beat, some glitchy synthesizer tones, a lulling bass, and powerful vocals. It is just so beautiful and relaxing and unlike anything else OPM has to offer. The last reason I sort of mentioned at the end of my last reason and that is that it is honestly unlike anything in OPM. The Filipino music industry strives on following popular fads, musically, that are current in the States. They are not a very creative bunch when it comes to innovating ideas musically. That’s why when you get groups like Up Dharma Down, it’s something so beautiful. The Filipino people are very talented, don’t get me wrong, but I would like to see them pull off something like Kpop does, shaping new genres around stylistic forms in the U.S, but also developing it to be their own.
Anyway, do you like OPM? Have you heard of it before? What about my Filipino readers? What are your thoughts on Up Dharma Down? Thank you for your support. Thank you for taking time out to read this. Please support Up Dharma Down. They haven’t had a full comeback in a while so I’m hoping they do soon. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
It’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these but don’t think I forgot about all of your requests. I’m still here doing non Kpop review requests. They aren’t first on my list but they are still very important to me. Today, as you can see from the title, I will be reviewing Thank You, the Thai singer with a cute voice and addictive style. I still sometimes get “Thank You For the Love” stuck in my head. Anyway, I’ll be reviewing her song called “Following”. I’m very excited because I loved her last song I reviewed. I’m hoping this song is similar while still remaining fresh.
The music video for “Following” is a couple of things. First, it looks like the video was going to be pranking back and forth similar to Heize and Dean’s “And July” but part way through the video, things change up as a nearby person is chomped by a zombie. The rest of the video follows Thank You and Third Kamikaze as they run from zombies and at one point, try to fight them off. (Side note: you don’t punch zombies, you stab them through the fucking head) At the end of the video, these two seemingly enemies end up being friends.
The song was sugary and might have given me diabetes but I think it was worth it. Her voice is cute and extremely autotuned. I may have said something about this in the last review. Third Kamikaze is someone new and while he appeared to be a 10-year old, he had the voice of a 30-year old with a lot of autotune as well. The main driving beat of the song utilized a lot of that dirty synth sound. The high pitched synth with some detune dial effects creates a very dirty sounding beat but it has been a bit outplayed. Nonetheless, it still was good and for a song from 2014, it still seems somewhat relevant.
What did you think of the video? Have you heard of Thank You before? What did you think of her style? Let me know in the comment section. Thank you for your support. Again, if any of you have any suggestions for music video reviews that are non Kpop, please let me know. I say this in every review, but a gentle reminder to support the artists I review. I know you all are already doing that but for those who may forget, they need love as well. Thank you again and I’ll see you in my next review.
Like I've mentioned before, music has no language barriers, it knows no language. I want to dedicate this section of my website to reviewing in any way, shape or form other languages of music. This includes Jpop, Mandopop, OPM, Vpop, Latin music, Russian, German, American, Venezuelan, you name it. If you think it's worth giving a listen, I'll listen to it and give you a review.