I've been a fan of Japanese popular music for over 35 years, and have managed to collect hundreds of CDs during that time. So I decided I wanted to talk about Showa Era music with like-minded fans. My particular era is the 70s and 80s (thus the "kayo kyoku"). The plus part includes a number of songs and artists from the last 20 years and even some of the early stuff. So,let's talk about New Music, aidoru, City Pop and enka. (Sorry but music163 is now dead so ignore those links.)
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.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Natsume Mito -- 8-Bit Boy (8ビットボーイ)
Perfume, CAPSULE and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ) weren’t enough, Yasutaka Nakata (中田ヤスタカ)
started producing another artist this year. Her name is Natsume Mito (三戸なつめ)
and, like Kyary, she’s a Harajuku model.
gimmick is the so-called creepy kawaii aesthetic that also transposes into her
music, while in Mito’s case it's a very random one: her short bangs. The thing is, Mito’s
image is based solely in the strange bangs that don’t cover her entire
forehead, which makes her look a little bit odd. It’s also cute, though.
debut single was “Maegami Kiri Sugita” (前髪切りすぎた),
or “I Cut My Bangs Too Short”, which is a quirky and funny song about her short
bangs gimmick. She released it in April 2015, and also shoot a lot of different
low-budget videos to promote the song. I didn’t count, but, according to
generasia, she released eleven videos just for “Maegami Kiri Sugita”.
I liked her debut a lot, but ended not writing a post about it yet. Maybe one
day I’ll do it. But for now, the song that I keep playing non-stop is her
second single, “8-Bit Boy” (8ビットボーイ), which was released in September 2015.
Boy” is tied to Adam Sandler’s latest movie, “Pixels”, and athough I’m not very
excited for the movie itself, I’m glad that Nakata had to compose “8-Bit Boy”
with the movie in mind. Based on that, it’s a song with an exciting arrangement
full of retro video-game sounds.
a 90s kid, the song really made me remind the time I played games such as Sonic
The Hedgehog, and so many others, in my Sega Mega Drive (or Sega Genesis in North
America). Well, the Mega Drive already used 16-bit technology, but I still
associate it with the older 8-bit tech consoles. They’re both old technologies,
about the song, the chorus is ridiculously catchy, especially when Mito keeps
repeating “uh, uh, 8-Bit Boy”. Another great thing about it is the instrumental
break where Nakata just unleashes he’s well known synth magic. And kudos to him
for making “8-Bit Boy” sound so fun, light and exciting at the same time. I don’t
know, but it’s probably he’s freshest work of 2015 so far. I also hope he keeps
creating good songs for Mito-chan now that Kyary’s sound is starting to not
work very well anymore.
finish, here’s the short version of the music video, which, unfortunately, don’t
show Nakata’s instrumental break. That’s basically why I was happy to find the
song in its full glory in our beloved Chinese (?) site above.
As always, Nakata created the lyrics, the music and the arrangement.