Thursday, March 27, 2014
Greeen Linez -- Hibiscus Pacific
“Hibiscus Pacific” is not a proper Japanese song, but one composed by Greeen Linez, two British musicians (Chris Greenberg from the electronic pop band “Hong Kong in the 60s” and Matt Lyne, an UK-born/Tokyo-based DJ/producer who is also co-founder of the Diskotopia label) that decided to collaborate in order to release some songs that are, in essence, trapped in the Japanese 80s.
“Things That Fade”, their full length 2012 album, is a well crafted and cohesive package of instrumental pieces that takes inspiration from the urbane City Pop landscape of the 80s in Japan. “Hibiscus Pacific”, the album promotional song, is a melodic and breezy light number that relies heavily in the nostalgic factor. Also, the accompanying video, which is a compilation of 80s VHS-quality footage, such as commercials and some aidoru singers shots, is a great way to feel the song. In the end, the combined work of song and video represents the decadence of the bubble years very well, a time when consumerism and hedonism were concrete values thanks to the quick economic growth experienced by Japan.
“Hibiscus Pacific” is a nice song that captivates the listener with its retro vibe. As a new song composed by British musicians, it ends being an interesting interpretation of what the Japanese bubble years sounded like. Of course the video plays an important role in creating the whole mood, as if the listener/watcher was part of that particular space and time, but “Hibiscus Pacific” is a strong instrumental work on its own as well.