Monday, April 6, 2015
Perfume -- 23:30
“23:30” is probably Perfume’s most underground song since their indie days, only appearing in their discography as the b-side of “One Room Disco” (ワンルーム・ディスコ), which was the trio’s sole single from 2009 and their last one to reach the top spot on the Oricon charts to date. Also, it never showed up in any of their live performances either, and, to be honest, I understand why not.
“23:30” is a moody song that’s pretty hard to enjoy if you’re only interested in Perfume’s Technopop songs. Honestly, I hated “23:30” when “One Room Disco” came out, and, to date, I can almost count how many times I listened to it in its entirety. So why I posted it here? The answer is pretty simple: even though I'm not a die-hard fan of its sound, I find it very pretty, and I’d love to hear this slow jam in a lonely night while feeling sad or nostalgic over something.
The singing is melancholic and the ethereal harp is one of the main features here, thus contributing to the lounge feel of the song. I can also imagine it being played in a bar inside a cruise while the dark sky fades away and the sun starts to rise just after a long night of heavy drinking with a friend or a lover. I never experienced nothing like that, but it would probably fit.
The “One Room Disco” single was released in March 2009. It reached #1 on the Oricon charts, selling 101,016 copies. Lyrics, music and arrangement were all done by Yasutaka Nakata (中田ヤスタカ).