I remember watching Steven Spielberg's "Poltergeist" which came out in the same year as his "E.T.", 1982. If I were to use a movie character analogy, the former would be the Wicked Witch of the West as compared to the latter's Glinda. That scene where the guy saw his face falling off in the mirror was worthy of hiding behind a pillow.
Well, this "Poltergeist" is far less terrifying and a whole lot cooler. Some of my favourite jazz songs have been from the Big Band era with the thundering drums and the back & forth of the other instruments: "In The Mood", "Sing, Sing, Sing" and Count Basie's "Stereophonic". "Poltergeist" here by singer-songwriter Mayumi Kojima（小島麻由美）has got all of that.
I'm really starting to feel that her discography is well worth exploring after the whimsical "Hatsukoi"（はつ恋）and this one. "Poltergeist" came out as the first track in her 5th album "Ai no Poltergeist"（愛のポルターガイスト...Poltergeist of Love）from January 2003. And unlike her usual tag of being a Shibuya-kei singer, I think "Poltergeist" is straight down Zoot Suit Alley. My first exposure to this twangy and delicious tune was through the music video with the sight of a number of drummers doing their thing while Kojima nonchalantly sang away.
I had wanted to write something about "Poltergeist" for some time but it wasn't until earlier tonight that I noticed comments under the video stating "Ghost Hound brought me here". Well, it didn't take long to find out that Kojima's cool tune was used as the opening theme for a 2007 anime titled "Ghost Hound" by Masamune Shirow（士郎正宗）, the fellow behind "Ghost In The Shell". Who would have thought that jazz and supernatural goings-on could go so well together?
This week has been pretty good for discovering some kakkoii anison. The catchy rock of "Flashback" and now the jazz of "Poltergeist". Incidentally, Kojima's "Ai no Poltergeist" peaked at No. 17 on Oricon.