Released: October 25, 2017
Record Co: Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. & Burger Records (USA)
Genre: J-Pop, Rock
Recording Studio: Not Sure
Producer: Don’t Know
Artistic Direction: Don’t Know
Mana – Vocals/Keys
Kana – Guitar/Vocals
Yuna – Drums/Vocals
Yuuki – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Straight Up, No Bullshit Rating: 7.5/10
Where Can I Gets it?: Find this record on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Burger Records.
Why Should I Listen Now: Because you should expand your borders a bit. Live a little. Have some fun.
Story of How I Found It: If Pokemon had a soundtrack that was actually good music, it would be this album, “Pink” by Chai from Nagoya, Japan. How did I find this? Well one simple look over at Burger Records Instagram and I was hooked. J-Pop. Ok. Let me have a listen here bub. And Bam! Next thing you know I listen to the album like 4-5 times all the way through.
Surprisingly, this album is superbly recorded. I wasn’t able to find out who the produce it because I don’t know an ounce of Japanese, but whoever took the bull by the horns on this one really did a fine job of making NOT sound like a J Pop album. And if you know who did, please comment down below, because I really want to know. It sounds raw, big, loud, and cute at the same time. How does one do that????? Maybe I’ll drive myself down to Burger Records and pick up the CD to check out the liner notes.
Despite that this is all in Japanese, it is important to point out that music is a universal language, and you don’t always have to understand what’s going on to enjoy something. Sometimes it’s best to not know what the hell is going on. I did ask my Japanese colleague “hey man, wtf is this shit????” He watched a video and all he could say is “Love Shit….” Don’t know what that means but this love shit in Japanese is pretty cool.
I’ve been to Japan before so maybe this is just a reminder of a good time. Despite that, this is still a great listen. And anyone willing to sit through some good talent will not be disappointed.