Goosehouse

Song title: LIFE (original by YUI)
Singer: Goosehouse
Year of release: 2012

I chanced upon this group a few years ago when I was listening to YUI’s album SHE LOVES YOU (it’s a tribute album different artistes covering YUI’s songs, produced by YUI). When I first heard their cover of LIFE, I thought it sounded really catchy and fun. So the next thing I did was to search them on Youtube. So that’s when I got hooked to watching their videos!

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Goosehouse

Perfume

Song title: Tokyo Girls
Singer: Perfume
Year of release: 2017

If you talk about Japanese electropop and bubblegum pop, you should not miss out on Perfume. Perfume’s been in the market since 2000, and they’ve become quite established now. Undoubtedly in recent years, performing acts like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu did steal some limelight, but I feel Perfume still holds on to their uniqueness.

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Perfume

SEKAI NO OWARI – starlight parade

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Song title: スターライトパレード (starlight parade)
Singer: SEKAI NO OWARI
Year of release: 2011

SEKAI NO OWARI literally means the end of the world. Although it’s a not so auspicious name, it actually carries an interesting meaning. This band name was given by Fukase, because there was a time he led life as though it’s the end of the world; but what remains is music and this group of friends. From that end, it springs forth a new beginning – and that’s SEKAI NO OWARI.

This is a really talented bunch! Nakajin, Fukase and Saori knew each other since middle school. In middle school, Nakajin and Fukase had a combi which covers Yuzu’s (a famous duo in Japan) songs. Saori later joined along with the first DJ Love and they started doing covers together from 2007. Later, the first DJ Love left the band in 2008 and their band also managed to confirm the label and management company upon the second (also current) DJ Love joined.

Nakajin, Fukase and Saori writes the music and lyrics of the songs they perform. They’ve developed their own style and sound which broke through the ‘norm’ in the Japan market. They have also gotten popular that they helmed the theme song of Attack on Titan movie.

They’ve come to Singapore at least twice for live, but I’ve never went to one yet. This may sound like a major big excuse, but I really haven’t gotten anyone who would want to accompany me to it 😦 hence the procrastination…

Nonetheless, I look forward to the next one! And I’ll make it a point to go.

Lastly, if you’re on Spotify, you can check out their 2016 album Hey Ho here! 🙂

SEKAI NO OWARI – starlight parade

Radwimps –

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Song title: Tummy
Singer: RADWIMPS (ラッドウインプス)
Year of release: 2013

Many people got to know RADWIMPS through the phenomenal success of the movie, Your Name. I did hear about them prior to the movie, but I must say the movie was what got me really interested.

What impressed me beyond just the movie was the soundtrack. The music is seamlessly weaved into the movie and left a lingering feeling. What I learned afterwards, was that all songs are written (both music and lyrics!!!) and produced by Noda Yojiro, lead vocalist and rhythm guitar of the band. Also the director of the Your Name, Makoto Shinkai, sang high praises of them for going back and forth to fit the animation to the music and vice versa. It’s such dedication and hard work which produces outstanding work.

As expected, I got hooked to Your Name OST (FYI, I watched the movie four times), and also started to listen to their other albums at random. It brought me to one of their earlier albums, Batsu To Maru To Tsumi To, which pretty much reminded me of ONE OK ROCK’s growth in their music too.

In particular this song, Tummy, has a very interesting set of lyrics. It sings from the standpoint of the father, who is singing to the unborn child in a mother’s ‘tummy’ 🙂 It’s very heartwarming and gives a very fuzzy feeling. Reading up more into RADWIMPS, it’s revealed that Noda puts in a considerable effort in the lyrics of the song. His lyrics are mostly based on events he experienced, or non-fictional events. As part of his practice, he also ‘constantly questions each phrase, asking if that was exactly what he wanted to say’. I guess that’s part of the reason why their music sounds so sincere and genuine 🙂

On Spotify, you can find their latest album Human Bloom!

Bonus:

This is a song written by Noda Yojiro, performed by both Taka (of ONE OK ROCK) and Noda Yojiro. Love it! ❤

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