Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Perfume - Dream Fighter

It's time for some of the amazing Asian pop music I keep threatening to write about but never quite seem to get around to. Sitting at the top of my much neglected "To Do" list is Perfume - Japan's hottest girlband. These three lovely ladies hail from Hiroshima, where they experienced some local success before packing their bags and heading for Tokyo to crack the big time. After a couple of misfires, Perfume finally hit the top 10 in late 2007 and their popularity has snowballed ever since. In July last year, they took things to another level by becoming the first "techno-pop" act (I guess we'd describe it as electro-pop) to score a #1 hit in Japan with the fabulous "Love The World". As much as I love that song and I love it A LOT, the follow-up is even better.

"Dream Fighter" is a truly spectacular pop tune. Released late last year in Japan (where it peaked at #2), the track is a rambling five and a half minute epic that keeps you hooked from the first kooky beat to the last. The girls sound amazing but much of the credit has to go to Yasutaka Nakata - the man in charge of Ami Suzuki's stunning "Dolce" and "Supreme Show" albums. His production is exquisite. I love the layers of sound, the quirky sound effects and the surprising flourishes of 70s space disco. Yasutaka's ability to avoid the coldness and sterility that commonly pervades electronic pop music is startling. "Dream Fighter" is deep, lush and catchy to the point of being ridiculous. I've been walking around singing the chorus for weeks and I can't speak a word of Japanese! It's only a matter of time before a western pop star comes along and hires this guy. I just hope it's someone worthy. Like a Minogue.

Make sure you check out the "Dream Fighter" video (below). It's a great example of a really simple concept executed brilliantly. The costumes, direction and special effects are all spot on. Then there's the loopy choreography. The girls from Perfume are almost as famous for their intricate dance routines as they are for their music and this clip demonstrates why.

8 comments:

Robpop said...

I love Perfume. Did I send you the greatest hits? I think i did....
or one of the songs....on my compilation cds...

So glad you love them....
THE BEST SONG by PERFUME...IS

Perfect Star Perfect Style...................

IT IS PERFECT!!!!

LuckyStar (by I,n,G) is really cool too!

Robpop said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPTMcOy8K5M&feature=related

Amazing

Robpop said...

And this is ING

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXHILOy59iw

Mike said...

No babe, you didn't but I wish you did. I would have saved me importing all their shit from Japan!

"Perfect Star" is nice but I don't really like their old stuff as much. I think they have really taken things to the next level.

Cyber said...

I feel that Nakata gives his best stuff to Perfume (then Ami Suzuki, then MEG).

Perfume's Secret Secret is absolutely glorious and amazing.

Tommy said...

I'm not too well versed in J-Pop, but this is truly fab!! I think I see a Dannii cover version just around the corner..

Gag Halfrunt said...

Have you heard Perfume's new single One Room Disco yet?

And have you encountered the kitsch-cute-camp-cheery-trashy world of Hello!Project idol groups? (If you need a place to start, Hello!Blog has an audio player with plenty of songs.)

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