I would like to give credit where credit is due. Videos are from YouTube and other sources such as NicoNico while Oricon rankings and other information are translated from the Japanese Wikipedia unless noted.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Kaela Kimura -- Jasper

I had a really good time listening to Kaela Kimura's(木村カエラ) "Jasper" and even better time watching the official crazy-cool black-light video that I ended up getting the single. Unfortunately, the above is just a 1-minute excerpt.

Released in February 2008 as her 11th single, it was Kimura's first foray into the technopop realm, thanks to Takkyu Ishino(石野卓球) of Denki Groove providing the earworm melody while the singer provided the lyrics and the earworm delivery. I had known about the British-Japanese singer before this single but I hadn't really gotten into her brand of pop-rock. For some reason, I've always seen her as being the Japanese version of Canada's Avril Lavigne. In any case, the video for "Jasper" is eye-catchy and feels like going through a mix of TRON and Alice's Wonderland. The single itself went as high as No. 9 on the Oricon weeklies.

As for Kimura's biography, you can take a look at the Wikipedia article.

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