With such a busy slate of Ok-pop releases, I don’t at all times have an opportunity to rave about a few of my favourite J-pop. This week, I’ll be giving an summary of a few of my favourite acts and songs. Hopefully you’ll discover a new obsession so as to add to your playlist!
Why I Love T.M.Revolution (and it is best to too)
Over the previous decade, there’s been an rising urge for pop stars to change into extra relatable, constructing social media narratives and infusing their music with particular particulars about their lives. T.M.Revolution isn’t like that. He’s a veritable pop music god from one other planet, and that’s why I discover him so iconic and one-of-a-kind. If nothing else, he’s my pop music god — somebody who subscribes to the philosophy of pop maximalism I really like a lot.
Along with his throaty, highly effective voice and provocative (generally downright comical) seems to be, his persona is like nothing else on the market. I’ll at all times really feel most hooked up to his 90’s and 00’s work, however he’s nonetheless lively in the present day below his given title and creating standout tracks that embrace the rockier facet of his music.
There’s extra to him than his 90’s work, proper?
In fact! My prime 5 songs is perhaps caught in a single period, however he’s obtained loads of highlights past the 90’s and early 2000’s. In reality, I’d prefer to function the blistering Bare Arms from 2010 and the unbelievable Crescent Cutlass from 2019 to point out how his work has progressed as he’s moved on to completely different collaborators and a heavier sound.
My Prime 5 Singles
(Disclaimer: These music movies are (criminally) region-blocked in a lot of the world, however you probably have entry to a VPN I strongly encourage watching them as a result of the visible facet is so vital to understanding T.M.Revolution’s enchantment. However, I’m additionally together with the streamable audio beneath every video for individuals who can’t bypass the region-blocking. And in case you’re okay watching movies on a distinct platform, I’m together with a clickable hyperlink to the video uploads on Bilibili, which must be accessible to everybody.)
5. Der Freischutz (2000)
Probably the most surreal and bonkers music movies ever made. You merely should watch this one till the tip. The music itself is addictive in its blistering power.
4. Burnin’ X’mas (1998)
that single cowl just about tells you you’re in for an overblown, ridiculous time. Don’t go into this anticipating a Christmas carol. The costuming is… one thing else.
3. Wild Rush (1999)
That repeated guitar riff is a factor of magnificence, made even higher by the music’s filtered backing vocals and large refrain. (full assessment)
2. Scorching Restrict (1998)
Probably the most iconic songs and movies in J-pop historical past! Although blocked in a lot of the world, the YouTube add nonetheless has nearly 50 million views. That ought to inform you how beloved a music that is. (full assessment)
1. Excessive Strain (1997)
I imply, it’s considered one of my favourite songs of all-time in any style or market. I don’t know what else I can say besides this appears like me in musical type. Make of what you’ll! (full assessment)
My Prime 5 B-sides
5. Untouchable Women (1998)
This one has all of the hallmarks of my favourite T.M.Revolution singles of its period. It simply occurs to be a b-side as an alternative!
4. Aqualovers – Deep In The Evening (1998)
A agency fan favourite, Aqualovers‘ creeping riffs and atmospheric electronics mix to craft a should-have-been single.
3. Neo Sphere (2003)
That is as near disco as T.M.Revolution ever obtained. The chugging electronics and anthemic melodies make a flawless match.
2. O.L. (1998)
Surprisingly, my favourite T.M.Revolution b-sides are usually slower-paced. I feel that is the very best ballad in his arsenal. The guitar, synth beat and beautiful vocals so completely evoke 80’s-era Billy Idol.
1. Fragile (2000)
An totally attractive piece of synth pop perfection. The second at 0:50 when the complete beat drops is as transcendent as music will get.