TRIPXFROLIC by Nanahira Album Review

Release date: 6 May 2019 Genres: Pop, J-Pop  TRIPXFROLIC by Nanahira was released at the beginning of the month. The anime inspired artwork which decorates the cover conveys the overall sweetness contained within the record. TRIPXFROLIC is like encounting the most bubble gum sweet J-Pop imaginable. Imagine the most sugary high-pitched vocals possible which are accompanied with gaming style synthesisers melodies and some mean drum and bass. … Continue reading TRIPXFROLIC by Nanahira Album Review

One Eye Closed Interview

Just south of Tokyo sits the shining city of Yokohama. The city, best known for its beautiful cityscapes where its trademark Ferris wheel known as the ‘Cosmo Clock’ shines all colours of the rainbow throughout the night. The city also prides itself on having the largest Chinatown as well as being one of the first ports in Japan to open up its gates to foreigners. … Continue reading One Eye Closed Interview

Meet the Artist: Utada Hikaru

Utada Hikaru (宇多田 ヒカル ) is an incredibly successful Japanese-American singer and songwriter, garnering acclaim not only in Japan but internationally. If you happen to play video games, you might recognize her for her theme song contributions to the Kingdom Hearts series. She is fluent in English as a result of being born and raised in Manhattan, New York. Her classmates had trouble pronouncing her … Continue reading Meet the Artist: Utada Hikaru

Gamushara (我夢者羅) by Q’ulle Album Review

Release date: 16 January 2019 Genres: J-Pop, Rock, J-Rock Gamushara is a wild album and much of my time listening to each track was filled with both delight and puzzlement. Is it rock? Pop? Metal? Rap? More like an eclectic mixture of the genres mishmashed into a beautifully bizarre album creating 46 minutes of pure bliss for the ears. Gamushara starts off with its opening … Continue reading Gamushara (我夢者羅) by Q’ulle Album Review

Meet the Artist: Tatsuro Yamashita

The Man, The Legend Tatsuro Yamashita (達郎 山下) was all the rage in Japan during the 1970s and 1980s. In the same way Michael Jackson was known as the “King of Pop,” Tatsuro Yamashita was known as the “King of City Pop”, a genre he helped pioneer. Originally part of the band Sugar Babe with Kunio Muramatsu and Taeko Ohnuki in 1973, the group would … Continue reading Meet the Artist: Tatsuro Yamashita

Exploring Anime: “Touch Off” by Uverworld (from The Promised Neverland)

Openings in anime come with music from across genre lines. For a Shoujo-Romance, you might get a standard J-Pop tune, or you might get a punk-rock ballad. Individual artists that cross into the anime world can also be pretty diverse, and nowhere else is that more apparent than with the band Uverworld. For this edition of Exploring Anime, we’ll be focusing on their song from … Continue reading Exploring Anime: “Touch Off” by Uverworld (from The Promised Neverland)