Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Especia -- Kurukana (くるかな)
Especia is easily my favorite aidoru group of 2014. Even though the girls are far from being great vocalists, their musicians team is absurdly great, as they’re responsible for the decadent and retro "City Pop meets disco" sound that the group keep implementing with each new release. Crowning this concept, last month, in May 2014, Especia released “GUSTO”, their first full lenght album with lots of interesting songs. The one that first caught my attention was “Kurukana”, one of the songs chosen to promote the album.
“Kurukana” is a very unique song that showcases Especia’s nostalgic factor very well. The laidback groove, typical of a lonely night in a Tokyo apartment during the 80s, is the most charming point of the song, but the vocals are also very likeable. Although the song, per se, is great, if combined with the video it makes an even more outstanding result. Full of dated visual effects and an aesthetic that resembles Japanese early morning shows mixed with world weather reports, “Kurukana’s” video is just an explicit ode to the bubble era. In a very simple way, it’s pure genious!
Especia’s “GUSTO” album reached #42 on the Oricon charts, selling around 2097 copies. Lyrics, music and arrangement for "Kurukana" were all done by Maserati Nagisa (マセラティ渚).