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Perfume – Future Pop August 15, 2018

Filed under: Perfume — solarblade @ 4:47 am

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Track Listing

  1. Start-Up
  2. Future Pop
  3. If you wanna
  4. TOKYO GIRL
  5. FUSION
  6. Tiny Baby
  7. Let Me Know
  8. Chorairin
  9. Mugen Mirai
  10. Houseki no Ame
  11. Tenkuu
  12. Everyday

1. Start-Up

Opening the album is a short intro to the album!  Of course since it’s Nakata-centric, the arrangement is more of the technopop I’ve been so used to over the years.  The intro is a little bit ethereal and kind of as a certain Kyary pop to it as it grows and then it just ends at that.

2. Future Pop

The end of the intro doesn’t quite lend itself to slide into our first full track, the title track at that, Future Pop!  I do like the acoustic guitar in the intro and how it builds into the more of a stronger techno track thanks to Nakata.  The tune is pretty awesome through the first build-up and the chorus itself is pretty much in your face when it hits!  It does feel short (3 minutes) and the ending is kind of an odd choice, but it’s a decent track to kick things off.

3. If you wanna

Since all of the A-sides (and B-sides) made the cut, it makes things a little easier.  Starting with the second single released in the era, If you wanna on first review doesn’t really stand out to me.  Even shorter than the previous track, If you wanna still doesn’t quite do much even if the song is mostly in English.  It’s just a very cut n’ pasted song and just doesn’t quite feel very put together (but that could be the dubstep arrangement).  Just very disjointed, good that we get through this song early on.

4. TOKYO GIRL

Interestingly enough, the iTunes tag is as a remastered take but I hear VERY little difference if any at all for the first A-side released for the album.  After having the most time with this song, I initially from shrugging off to having it stand out more for me after the shaky era this album produced as a whole.  I’m loving the slow build-up to the electropop chorus and it’s pretty much what you’d expect from Perfume!

5. FUSION

As the B-side from “Mugen Mirai”, I was desperately in need of a heavy hitter from Perfume and it came in this track.  Like the cool arrangement is definitely unexpected from Perfume, especially since the sound REALLY reminds me of stuff from capsule (primarily from “WORLD OF FANTASY”).  I’m still disappointed in the lack of the trio’s vocals in the song and so the tune can feel like a glorified interlude.

6. Tiny Baby

Finally some new tracks to listen to!  Tiny Baby is the first that comes up and just lyrically, I could feel that the song was slightly kiddy, but not in the same veins as songs like “Communication” and “Toki no Hari”.  It does slightly remind me of songs from “LEVEL3” just with the overall arrangement, but the song has a certain Springtime kind of feel to it that’s pleasant and not as boring.  Not bad!

7. Let Me Know

Chosen as the song to promote the album, Let Me Know starts off nice enough with an interesting melody with the synths!  I’m surprised at how mostly this album has been pretty mellow with things but this is reminding me of a cooler version of “TOKYO GIRL” with the a better drive and build-up and it’s kind of really catchy in spots.  Yeah, this song might be my favorite of the new tracks to be quite honest, even surpassing “Future Pop”!

8. Chorairin

For some reason, our next track gave me some Chinese vibes in its arrangement in a similar fashion to “Cling Cling”!  Though the synth/electronic vibes are stronger in this one.  It’s almost video-game like in presentation which also added to the atmosphere of the song on top of being just a cute bop of a track.

9. Mugen Mirai

As the 3rd single released for the album, Mugen Mirai was arguably my favorite of the 3 A-sides released, but it follows the same style like other tracks following a similar quiet but active build-up until it reaches its peak in the choruses.  I mean the synth beats are dream-like and the trio sound effervescent alongside the tune and the chorus has a nice amount of punch to it too!  Not quite as epic as previous leading songs they’ve had, but it’s a really cool song to listen to on earphones!

10. Houseki no Ame

Returning from its B-side placement on the “TOKYO GIRL” single, I had totally forgot about how this song sounded!  I guess if anything the song is remining a LOT of what this whole album kind of sounded like.  It does give me “Chorairin” and “Tiny Baby” smushed together out of this track (or split up because this came out first).  It may be the cutest track off the album, but it’s kind of fallen to the wayside for me and didn’t help being added to the album.

11. Tenkuu

As the last of the new tracks, Tenkuu feels like the Perfume that would release a cool, electro track and Nakata kind of nailed it here as well like with “Let Me Know” in tow as well!  The song feels progressive and the arpeggio synth lines are quite magical sounding…probably the first song that kind of reminds me of their sound back in “GAME” through “JPN”.  It’s a pretty good track overall and just gives me those good Perfume vibes.

12. Everyday

Closing the album out is the B-side from “If you wanna” which is odd because the single got the PV for this song primarily and not the leading track (probably because it was incredibly short in comparison).  I had forgotten this song too and I forgot that this has the toy piano melody (something that I thought was mostly for Kyary’s music).  I take it back, this song is probably the cutest track of the album just for that reason alone.  Still not quite the song I was hoping it’d be, but it makes for a fair ending, I guess…

Tracks Recommended

  • Tenkuu
  • Let Me Know
  • Mugen Mirai
  • Future Pop
  • TOKYO GIRL

Song of Avoidance

  • If you wanna

What happened with this album, maybe I’m in the minority, but I wasn’t quite interested in this album versus when I first listened to their last two albums.  Maybe it was the singles that pretty much turned me off from the album because other than Mugen Mirai, it just felt boring and vanilla compared to their works both coming before “LEVEL3” and “COSMIC EXPLORER”.  Plus, the album is actually shorter than I was expecting too which is odd for a Perfume album (especially as their 7th).  Maybe Nakata is slowing down some in his exciting arrangements…but I have to say I was disappointed with Future Pop…

 

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