Monday, June 16, 2014
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu -- Saigo no Ice Cream (さいごのアイスクリーム)
When Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ) dropped her sophomore album, “Nanda Collection” (なんだこれくしょん), back in June 2013, the first album track that grabbed my attention was “Saigo no Ice Cream”. The song, as the title reveals, talks about one last ice cream and how frustrated Kyary feels after understanding that someone ate her last strawberry-flavored ice cream. This frivolous thematic could probably be a motive to dismiss the song, but when it comes to some J-Pop artists, like Kyary herself or even Morning Musume. (モーニング娘。) in its golden days, silliness is what counts.
Singing about the last ice cream in such dramatic manner, like Kyary does during the chorus, is something only her could pull off that well. If we add the bubbly 80s inspired synth production, courtesy of Yasutaka Nakata (中田ヤスタカ), the song ends being a very pleasurable listen. Although I agree it’s far from being Kyary’s best, “Saigo no Ice Cream” really showcases how Nakata constructs Kyary’s playful and childish world.
“Saigo no Ice Cream” was written, composed and arranged by Yasutaka Nakata. As for the “Nanda Collection” album, it reached #1 on the Oricon charts, selling 250,490 copies. Also, it ended 2013 as the 19th best selling album of th year.
P.S. For the English translation of "Saigo no Ice Cream's" lyrics, please click here.