Rock quartet Frederic has a knack for racking up views on YouTube. The Japanese band routinely nabs over a million views for new videos, thanks in part to their jittery take on the style accented by bright synthesizer notes, but also because they are good at constructing visually catchy clips. They’ve just shared new number “Tarinaieye,” and you can get in on the clip before it captures more digits now.
“Tarinaieye” takes a slightly more spacious approach than many of their previous songs. Frederic open the song up with plenty of room to move around, letting the bass and guitar melodies slink along, generating a sound apt for the hours after the sun sets. The vocals, meanwhile, trip over themselves, the titular phrase sounding like a loop but ultimately just some clever delivery via Kenji Mihara. The group’s sound has always hovered somewhere near the start-stop stylings of Gesu no Kiwami Otome. and Passepied, though on “Tarinaieye” a sprinkling of Sakanaction comes through (see: those verses, and near whispered vocals).
The trick, though, is that Frederic gradually adds details to the song until the chorus hits, and everything blooms. Synthesizer notes enter in, while the singing and guitar playing pick up in intensity, offering release. They do it again, and head to the finish from there.
The accompanying music video touches on similar visual cues as older Frederic videos. Mainly, the focus on the clip falls on two women, here hanging out in a bedroom and eventually having a pillow fight. This is spliced with shots of the band playing their instruments, adding an air of mystery to the clip, not found in other videos the group has put out.
So how will it perform? I mean, I don’t have the answer, you’ll just have to stare at the YouTube counter yourself. But the one to beat is “Oddloop,” a jaunty number the group put out in 2014 to the tune of over 27 million views. Revisit that one below.
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