Jazz J-Rock at its finest! This genre exploring late group expanded my tastes back in my teenage years and I'll always be grateful for the music they've given us in their relatively short existence. More than a decade later I'm still trying to find something similar that gives me the same spark. Whether they were tackling straightforward J-Pop and J-Rock, trip-hop, electronica, dance pop, or jazzy ones like this, it was guaranteed their arrangements would make the whole listen a journey and that Yumi would make my heart melt me into a puddle with her vocals.
Having since listened to a little bit more stuff in that vein, I guess I could compare this particular song to Fiona Apple, Tokyo Jihen / Shiina Ringo, or Regina Spektor stylistically. It's jazzy but also sounds quite dark and heavy thanks to the aggressive drumming, the guitars chords, the groovy bass work (that instrumental break slaps so much!!), and the harsh electronic bits that pop up here and there. I love how it starts (and latter ends) with a bang, then showcasing the contrast between the subtle verse and the chorus that just explodes, resulting in a noisy ending that sounds like everything is collapsing. The edge in Yumi's voice here is also a change of pace compared to School Food Punishment's more sugary songs. Her performance hits to the point I feel like every line could be a hook, and there's an urgency or desperation in her voice during the chorus in particular that I love so much. It's like she's fighting to make herself heard over the cacophony, especially during the final one!
All in all, it's such an earworm from a band that has had a huge impact on me. Now if only whoever is responsible for the song and the parent EP's disappearance from Spotify could get their shit together and put it back in!
LOVE ME, I LOVE YOU | MILIYAH KATO Voted By:@RUNAWAY Year: 2005 Country of Origin: Japan Appearance: 2nd
this may be the weirdest choice ever for a twenty pointer but it’s true. This is my favorite song from my teenage years - I was just sixteen when I first heard this song from the then up and coming Japanese singer Miliyah, and from the first listen I knew I was hooked. Her vocals, the beautiful lyrics, the passion she puts into every word she sings....I fall more in love with this song the more I listen to it. In 2020, I found my love grow even more for the song when Miliyah performed it during quarantine at home in Japan with her newborn baby in the background. I had been watching her IGTV uploads every day deluding myself into thinking that she’d perform this obscure album track from her first album only for her to ACTUALLY do it. I was SHOOK and since that day I watch this performance all the time. It’s just so special to me and solidifies all the love I have for this song. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CANRV6ulrx0/?hl=en
I don't have a story to this. Mysterious Times used to be my favorite Sash! song, then this song simply clicked at some point (and I think it was in the Eurodance Rate?), and I've been so obsessed with it since then. This is simply a perfect club song that always makes me want to rave in the rain. Also, to be placed ABOVE Bad Boy................ it takes a lot of talent.