A focus on the big J-pop developments in this week’s SBS PopAsia J-Pop roundup…
Electro-pop trio Perfume’s career has been marked by the intersection of dance with cutting edge technology. So a collaboration with Japanese telecommunications company Docomo seems apt. Titled FUTURE-EXPERIMENT VOL. 01, this was originally a livestream event that found the members of Perfume in three different cities - Tokyo, New York and London - performing a dance at the same time. Thanks to the magic of technology, the physical distance could be glossed over to create a pretty trippy live performance, which you can watch below. Just as intriguing, this comes with a new song titled “Fusion,” an instrumental creeper punctured only by some shouting from the group themselves.
Rising singer/songwriter MACO has a new album out next week. She’s shared a new video, one which tells you why she’s achieved pretty big status in the J-pop scene. She celebrates youth, and the clip for ballad “Sweet Memory” focuses on a young relationship between students:
Japanese artists on the rise tend to release a lot of things to keep the momentum going. Rock group Polkadot Stingray keeps putting out new songs and videos, and here comes yet another one. “Surrender” features a video of the group playing, alongside a sort of crime thriller involving people in panda masks. I’ll leave it to you to figure out what exactly is going on...
If you check up on the J-pop corner of SBS PopAsia regularly, you might have seen Kenshi Yonezu’s output over the last year. He’s released a series of off-kilter J-pop singles (along with at least one straight-ahead ballad, depending on your definition of such) and seemed poised to become a top name for a new generation of performers in the country. This week saw said arrival, as his new album BOOTLEG topped the Oricon album charts, selling over 160,000 copies after one week. There it is. On the single side of things, idol outfit Nogizaka46 did what they always do.
Video of the Week
It has been a great year for female artists in Japan crafting their own unpredictable sound. To close out 2017, rapper Akko Gorilla drops a new EP this week showcasing her collaborative skills. “Guerrilla” finds her teaming up with singer Mukai Taichi. The clip lets her flex all over the place, with flag and semi-militia in tow:
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