I haven’t really watched anime for a while now. Although I’m always planning to get back into the game, it never really happens. When I’m not distracted, one thing that I still follow is the pop/rock music scene in Japan.
The way I consume music feels a bit wasteful. I find a recently released tune I love, listen to it on repeat for a few days on end, and then toss it aside for something new. It doesn’t mean I stopped listening, it just means I’m out obsessing over a different new tune and the former one joins the “old favorites” category I go back to only once in a while.
So here are some of my current music obsessions, I’ll try to highlight some lesser known groups (no Kyary Pamyu Pamyu here!):
Sakanaction – Music
Sakanaction is probably the only band whose releases I look forward to nowadays. They are a popular, pleasing fusing of rock and techno, with catchy hooks or choruses that grab you and don’t let go. Their newest release “Music” is no different, carrying a simple melody, but one that’s catchy and addicting (especially at the end). I’ve been listening to it endlessly on repeat the past few days. The video is bland (nothing like Bach no Senritsu o Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu.) and below expectations considering their past work.
avengers in sci-fi – Yang 2
Wikipedia lists avengers in sci-fi as a band specializing in “spacey dance rock,” which is exactly how Google Translate described their music too, so I’m not sure if that’s exactly accurate. They are also a band they combines rock and techno to form upbeat, catchy tunes. Yang 2 is a strong demonstration of that.
KEYTALK - sympathy
KEYTALK is more a pure pop rock band without the techno you hear from the other groups I’ve mentioned. I would say their sound isn’t tremendously unique, but I particularly like it. My search for music coming out of Japan usually leads to a lot of uninteresting, generic pop/rock bands, so I’m surprised when one manages to stay in my continual graces.