Nothing to exciting about this week haha so let’s just get into it.!!! Happy Easter though!!!!
1. Melon Kinenbi – Denwa Matteimasu
The Song: Denwa Matteimasu is Melon Kinenbi’s 3rd single and appears on their debut album, 1st Anniversary. Basically this was one of their EARLY songs hahah.
The Video: When I said old, I mean it has that rather early 2000’s look. Simplicity is the keyword for the video because it really only has three shots (the performance, the shots of the girls sitting in a lit room, and the close-ups). I will say in the sort-of dancing scenes, the red backdrop with the black background does stand out to me…but the light blue scenes with them sitting is kind of boring and just is meh. Good video for its time though.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Despite being heavy with Ayumi Shibata, this song is catchy and the strings plus that dated 90’s sound kind of sound nice together. Even though it’s not my favorite from MK, this is a pretty good song ^_^
2. Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why
The Song: Don’t Know Why could be considered Norah’s claim to fame because it was such a big hit here. Definitely impressive and it’s from her debut album Come Away with Me.
The Video: As solemn and smooth the song is, the MV was going to have to be just as relaxing as the song. The first half of the song is Norah singing along and just exploring the beach she’s on (like walking on rocks and on a walkway and just walking in the sand). Then the scenery changes and it turns to night and Norah plays piano (because the song has a piano solo in it). Like MK, simplicity is the key to the video.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Besides being a giant double entendre, Don’t Know Why is pretty and it flows so nicely through your ears. She just has that kind of voice that lulls you into a relaxing state of mind with her music and this was a definite strong point for her!
3. AAA – Break Down
The Song: Oh I remember this song very well, it was my second A-side getting into AAA and boy was it a big one for me. It also started the HEARTFUL era.
The Video: THERE’S SO MUCH GOING ON IN THIS PV! It does remind me of “Seven Nation Army” from The White Stripes when most of the PV has this progressing movement going on. Though it’s a LOT more colorful. There’s so many things going on that’s coming at full speed it’s hard to take it all in. Hidaka’s raps do have a different scene…all blue and electronic looking haha. Add in the choreography filled scenes to and you get this explosion of awesomeness of a PV (all green screen) cept for the close up shots with the black background) Still, damn Hidaka has abs and Chiaki definitely looked like Ayu in the PV too…wow.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Break Down is just a badass song! I don’t know why but I’ve been wanting a song that just was all around energetic and wild and since “Red Soul” it was like that and I LOVE this song. It’s crazy, electro, and full of life and I enjoyed every minute of it!
4. Lasgo – Something
The Song:Definitely one of those songs you wouldn’t totally expect me to have but Something from Lasgo is pretty much trance/dance. It’s one of those songs that have a meaning but is slid with all kinds of synths haha.
The Video: I barely remembered the video before watching it again today, but the big thing I remembered was that it was shot in Prague at a train station LOL. There’s many allusions made to love and heartbreak in the video like two girls holding hands and a guy stepping on a rose…it’s back and forth but it’s a nice meaningful MV.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Before my dive into the J-pop world I was big on dance music of all kinds and Lasgo was always a big part of that reason. It could be my love for Evi’s vocals but she always stood out to me with her vocals which were powerful and wrecked with emotion as in this song. One of the great euro/electro/dance groups at that time ^_^
5. Ayumi Hamasaki – Sparkle
The Song: A surprising song to behold, Sparkle was Ayu’s return to dabbling into electro and boy did she ever. Was a secondary A-side that made its way into NEXT LEVEL. This really tickled my fancy hahaha.
The Video: I thought it was weird that it began like it was some kind of karaoke stage performance XD. Then it just moves into weird land once you see latex and people in gas-masks dancing round her…it was WILD and colorful too LOL. I will say she pulled off the red contacts quite awesomely…so bold and cool! Though she doesn’t do a lot and the PV has a lot of posing going on it’s flashy and different from her norm!
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Love when Ayu tries electro, it’s something she hasn’t failed on entirely quite yet and Sparkle was just hot and seductive of a song to listen to. Loved every minute of this!
SO WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK THIS WEEK?