With two weeks until the release of Perfume’s new single Nee a PV preview has been released.
I was a little bit upset that the PV is just basically the commercial mixed with a dance scene and close ups. It’s a little bit unoriginal. But Perfume seems to do that when their songs are used for commercials. There is honestly nothing really going on in the PV, so I’m sorry I have nothing witty to say about it. Honestly the best part of the whole PV is how cute A-chan and Nocchi look. And that’s honestly it. Though I am pretty excited to finally here more of the song then just Nee. The song is actually really great. I love the distorted music sequences throughout the song. And of course the Nee parts are absolutely adorable.
Perfume’s song has once again been selected as the theme from a commercial. This time their upcoming new single, Nee, is being used for the fashion brand Natural Basic Beauty. The commercial comes in 4 different versions. A Perfume version, then a solo version for each member.
As you know a new CM means a preview of the song. But the commercial is exactly 20 seconds long. Now that’s short of any song preview, but even more so for this song. The commercial is just the chorus, but the chorus is pretty much 20 seconds of them saying nothing but Nee. So there isn’t really anything to judge about the song as of yet. So here are the commercials.
Perfume’s new single, VOICE, is being released on August 11th. The song is being used in a commercial for Nissan’s “Nissan no omisede! campain.” Since this information first surfaced a few days ago the Nissan commercial has already been released, and we get an extremely short preview of the new song.
Even though the preview is extremely short I can already tell the song is to soft and laid back for my taste. I prefer Perfume’s songs that have the heavy electronic background music that is so unique to Perfume. Which is a main reason I loved their last single Fushizen na Girl/Natural ni Koishite so much. And Perfume as a whole, since most of their songs sound essentially the same. Since we only heard 15 seconds of the song I am hoping for it to pick up a little more. I’ll be kind of sad it this is as heavy as the music goes.
Anyway, you can watch the commercial below and bask in Perfume’s pink kangrooness.
So I was pretty excited to hear Hey! Say! 7’s new song Ganbaretsugo. Mostly because I prefer Hey! Say! 7 to Hey! Say! BEST, and any chance for them to get a new song I’m pretty much thrilled about. But instead of immediately being in love with the song I was a little bit disappointed by the fact that they basically plagiarized Perfume’s Electro world.
The underline beat is the exact same beat as Electro World except Johnny put some other up beat song on top of it so, it wouldn’t sound 100% the same. But it’s obvious enough to tell immediately that it’s Electro World.
For those of you not familiar with the song, here’s the Elctro World PV.
You have to wait until the chorus ends and the verse stars. So around 1:20 in you’ll hear the music that Ganbaretsugo copied. 1:30 is the exact part they copied. I know this isn’t really as big of a deal as Ryo plagiarizing ACIDMAN’s song. And most lucky no one else will pick up on this, but it still really irks me. I guess I’m also making a bigger deal about it then it is. XD
Anyway, besides the Perume similarities the song itself is a little mediocre in my opinion. The lyrics seem pretty lame. And by lyrics I mean the few English lyrics they threw in the song. I can tell why this song isn’t getting or isn’t on an official release. The music is pretty good though. But that’s because I’ve always loved Electro World. ;] As expected the song is Ryosuke and Chinen lead. Just like every JUMP song is anymore. But equally expected Yuto was a minor singer in this song, so I can’t really complain. I was also blown away by the fact that Keito and Ryutaro actually got solo lines. That only happens once ever 6 months, or when Johnny feels they’ve been in the background too long.
Many of you people know that I’m an avid Hello!Project fan. I follow their music almost religiously, which might not be as great as it sounds. H!P monopolizes a lot of my time, and I love H!P to death. But it feel like there’s an entire world of idol music I’m missing out on. There’s definitely more idol fish in the sea.
Let’s take a look at my Japanese music taste pre and post H!P obsession.
And Post H!P.
Now that doesn’t seem like a lot. But lets see where that is in Jpop alone.
My potential bias doesn’t stop there. H!P effects all the idol music I listen to.
Hinoi Team formed around the same time I started getting in Japanese music all together. They were really cute and had an appealing sound. For a while I was obsessed with para para. And I even wanted to be ganguro. Thank god that passed. I vowed to make them the first Jpop act I followed from beginning to end, and I did. I listened to everyone on of their songs. And know lots of things about the members. Especially Hikaru. I guess they kind of set the stage for me listening to idol music. Even though at the time I had no idea what an idol was. They were the only group I liked that wasn’t directly influenced by H!P.
I found out about Perfume around the time I just got in H!P. Back when I only listened to Koharu’s solo stuff. They had a similar sound to Hinochi. But instead of Euro beat they were techno. I though Perfume would ultimately fill the void from Hinoi Team’s sudden and unannounced break-up. (Which I didn’t even admit happened until they didn’t release anything for a year.) But my love of perfume didn’t really catch on. I like a few songs by them now and that’s really about it. Instead I focused on Koharu and slowly the rest of H!P.
Scandal: I’ve never even heard of Scandal before they were the opening theme to Bleach. I haven’t really heard of most idols outside of Hello!Project. It took me almost 3 years of being an H!P fan to find out about JE. And if I wasn’t in cover groups I probably still wouldn’t know what JE is. Which would be pretty terrible. I can’t even remember what it was like not listening to JE.
But even now H!P is indirectly the reason I like Scandal. I was drawn to Scandal because they are so different then H!P. They are leaning more towards being the new Zone then anything else. However I didn’t really listen to Zone beyond True Blue. I really think Scandal has the staying power for me though. It combines my two favorite things. Jrock and cute girls singing happy music. Plus my love for anime. And yet, I don’t know how closely I plan to follow them.
The sad truth is if Scandal lost the guitars, and was another idol group I’d lose all interest. Because to me they would be just another idol group that’s inferiorly to H!P. Which is jacked up logic, and at the same time is sadly how I feel.
The main reason I was drawn to JE had less to do with H!P and more to do with hot guys. Even though H!P didn’t effect the reason I gave them a chance, H!P is still the reason I like the groups I like. My favorite groups in JE are NEWS and Hey! Say! JUMP. And the reason for that is they are basically the male version of Morning Musume and Berryz Koubou. NEWS and Momusu both focus around cute and happy songs, mostly about love. NEWS is the cutesy group within JE. Berrzy Koubou and Hey! Say! JUMP both are the younger groups within their company, and have members around the same age. They both started out doing more childish songs and moved to more mature ones as they got older.
I’m not really sure what conclusion I was trying to draw or what point I was trying to make by witting this. Right now the only thing I proved is that I am definitely H!P biased. And maybe it also proves that I’ll probably never find an idol company or group that I like as much as H!P or H!P’s groups. Which in a way makes me less biased and more dedicated. So is H!P superiorly? It depends on who you’re talking to and what the criteria of being “superior” is. H!P’s music is catchy, happy, and fun. Sure sometimes it’s not lyrical genius, but whoever said it was. It’s uplifting and entertaining, which is all I, or anyone else, should ask for from idol music As for the idol world I missing out on, I guess I’m still on the fence about that. Maybe sometime in the future their be a group I like more than Momusu. But as for right now there’s not. I do feel a little left out when people get jazzed over AKB48 or Perfume. But I’m just not into it. It’s like being the odd person out in game of Red Rover. You see it happening, you want to get involved, but you’re just not invited.
Perfume released a short preview for their new song One Room Disco. The preview is roughly only 40 seconds. But you can still get a feel for the PV. I really like how they keep changing rooms. And they seem to be wearing the same outfits from the CD covers. Which I’m not too happy about. I would have love to have seen different outfits, because they ones they’re wearing are gross.
Perfume’s new single, One Room Disco, was previewed on their radio show Perfume Locks. This song will be released on March 25th and is perfume’s first single of 2009.
I like the overall music for the song and I think the song is really cute. And everyone one looks super pretty in the cover pics. But I think I will definitely enjoy this song more when the PV comes out. Because for now it sounds like every other Perfume Synthpop song.