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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hitomitoi -- So no Me wa, Hypnotic (その目は、Hypnotic)

The first time I encountered the singer Hitomitoi(一十三十一)was on Marcos V.'s "Retro Grooves and Underground Aidoru Gems Playlist" which was written up back in early 2014. Not only was I drawn in by that most symmetrical kanji name but that mix of light technopop and City Pop provided by Marcos' contribution of her "Dive" was quite irresistible. And frankly speaking as my friend put it so succinctly in his article, Hitomitoi is pretty easy on the eyes as well.

Well, Artzie Music put up another one of his creations yesterday titled "kissmenerdygirl - Hypnotic Eyes" and the remixed song was another potential earworm. This time, I got lucky in that one of the comments actually provided the source singer and song, and it was indeed Hitomitoi again.

The song is "So no Me wa, Hypnotic" (Those Eyes Are Hypnotic) from her 8th album from October 2015, "The Memory Hotel". The urban contemporary beat is there adorned with some of that blippity-bloppity technopop that itself reminds me of "Koi wa Ryuusei"(恋は流星), a Minako Yoshida(吉田美奈子)City Pop masterpiece from decades back. That repeated techno phrase is an earworm all by itself!

As for "The Memory Hotel", it got as high as No. 69 on Oricon. Singer-songwriter Hitomitoi was born Hitomi Shimomura(下村 一十三)in 1978 in Sapporo, Hokkaido but spent her childhood living in a number of countries. After graduating from college, she spent some time working in the music industry in New York City before debuting in 2002 with her first single "Kemuri Iro no Koibito-tachi"(煙色の恋人達...Smoke-Coloured Lovers). She has professed to have the greatest respect for and influence from City Pop maestro Tatsuro Yamashita(山下達郎).

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