Japan Jams highlights the marvellous music of Japan. From bubbly bops to melancholy grooves, we’ll showcase what gets our feet tapping.
Kana-Boon – “Silhouette”
I’ve never seen Naruto, or Naruto Shippuden for that matter, but this song makes a strong case for me to venture into ninja-land. Used as Naruto Shippuden‘s sixteenth opening, it’s straight-up pop rock delight.
TK from Ling tosite Sigure – “Signal”
TK’s voice is something else. It’s unique, thriving in a class all its own, contributing a haunting sadness to everything it caresses. On “Signal,” said haunting sadness screams loudly, backed by steady yet sneakily intricate instrumentation.
Ling tosite Sigure – “Abnormalize”
TK is at it again. When he’s not performing solo, he’s fronting Ling tosite Sigure. “Abnormalize” is the first opening to sci-fi crime extravaganza Psycho Pass, and it’s beautiful chaos. Striking a fine balance between accessible and bonkers, it’s an assault to the senses that succeeds through its superb songwriting and musicality.
YURiKA – “Mind Conductor”
I recently rewatched Little Witch Academia with my girlfriend, and it really is a wonderful series. This is its second opening, and it flaunts the fabulous instrumentation that cements my adoration of Japanese music. Just listen to those drums! Their technicality is more synonymous with rock and metal musicianship than what most would equate with pop.
Boom Boom Satellites – “Lay Your Hands On Me”
The tale of Boom Boom Satellites is a tragic one. With guitarist and vocalist Michiyuki Kawashima becoming partially paralyzed as a result of his brain tumour, “Lay Your Hands On Me” was announced as Boom Boom Satellites’ final release. Shortly after disbanding, Michiyuki Kawashima passed away. On a brighter note however, “Lay Your Hands On Me” was phenomenally successful for the duo, and a perfect high to conclude their career on. Its sombre atmosphere fuses with pumping beats, resulting in a unique stylistic direction.
That’s it for this episode of Japan Jams. Check back for more killer records that deserve a spot in any good music library.
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