It's been a big year for Polkadot Stingray.
The Japanese rock outfit scored one of the year’s bigger breakthroughs via an EP released earlier in 2017. That one was highlighted by “Electric Public,” a number brimming over with energy and vocalist Shizuku’s expressive singing. It helps that, while the rest of Japanese rock has turned slower in 2017, Polkadot Stingray move quickly. They’ve been hitting the live and festival circuit over the back half of the year, but with new song “Remu” they hope to close out a big 12 months with more momentum. Watch the video below:
The clip finds Shizuku transporting to some sort of desert, where she encounters the other members of the group in the desolate wild. Don’t look too deep into story here, just enjoy the comic-book-ready visuals. That gets mixed with shots of the band playing live. You might also notice prominent positioning of a yoghurt-flavoured beverage produced by Suntory in the clip. That, readers, is the sign you have made it in Japanese pop music...and it beats, ya know, writing the actual lyrics about special-flavoured water.
“Remu” itself, however, dashes forward. The song - “Remu” is Japanese for REM, like the sleep - zips right out of the gate, backed by sharp guitar notes pushed forward by a locked-in beat. As is often the case with their songs, the real highlight comes from Shizuku’s singing, which bobs and weaves alongside the guitar playing, making every note all the more effective. And as speedy as it gets, Polkadot Stingray makes sure the melody remains focused and catchy. They are firmly in the world of J-pop now, so they can’t get too wild.
We just have one question...what's the meaning of the hairdryer that feature throughout the entire vid?
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