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Perfume – DISPLAY (Panasonic CM ver.)

 

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Perfume boys and girls who just can’t wait for the new EP Cling Cling, here’s something for you, a HQ version of DISPLAY:

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DISPLAY in HQ sounds mind-blowing, revealing complex, distorted layers of synth and shifting beat. We can’t wait to hear it in full.

Of course, in the community spirit, we want you to support Perfume and by showing you the leak we encourage you to order Cling Cling from either iTunes, CDJapan, Amazon JP or HMV Japan.
If you’re ordering from an overseas country such as the UK, be aware that you might be asked to pay the TAX separately (although Amazon Japan covers the cost in advance).

 

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Pikapika Fantasian out on 9th of July / works with SOPHIE and Yelle

 

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Kyary is set to release a new, 3rd album, (get ready for this) – Pikapika Fantasian / ピカピカふぁんたじん on 9th of July. Kyary explained that “the album will have a fantasy theme” (no way), hence the title that combines the words fantasy (ふぁんたじー) and jin-suffix (じん), which signifies person.

In May, Dazed & Confused announced that Kyary is working with international artists SOPHIE and Yelle, a french electropop trio. We can’t wait to hear what this collaboration will come up to. Yelle is known for giving us LIFE with their catchy and eclectic pop.

Before that happens, on the 11th of June Kyary will release a single Kira Kira Killer / きらきらキラー, which you can sample below:

 

 

Stay tuned for more detailes on Kyary’s new album
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Don’t forget to like us on Facebook for the upcoming Kyary giveaway!!! ✖

 

What do you guys think about the Kyary x Yelle collaboration??

 

 

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Perfume – DISPLAY

 

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Short music video of Perfume‘s new song DISPLAY has been leaked by a fan. The video is a commercial tie-in with Panasonic and features elaborate film editing and cinematography.

 

 

Perfume mentioned on their own radio show that DISPLAY is “the definition of Perfume”. I couldn’t have said it better myself. This short, low quality sample is enough to tell that producer Yasutaka Nakata still has got the secret formula. Airy vocals, distorted synth and addictive melody never sounded so well together. The new EP Cling Cling is out on 16th of July.

 

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Perfume – 「Cling Cling」

 

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Perfume is gearing up for a release of a new EP. 「Cling Cling」 will be out on the 16th of July and the tracklist includes:

1. Cling Cling
2. Hold Your Hand
3. DISPLAY
4. いじわるなハロー

As usual with Perfume’s singles, instrumentals to each track are included.

We’ve had a chance to listen to Hold Your Hand, which met with some harsh criticism from the hardcore fans, who felt like the song was too similar to the last release, Sweet Refrain. While it is true, the song is pretty similar to Sweet Refrain, I actually enjoy Hold Your Hand more. Sure, it is the standard high blood sugar spike dose of saccharine pop with cutesy vocals and sweet melody but it is catchy and pleasant, something we’ve grown to expect from Perfume alongside harder electro tracks. Speaking of which, I really hope that Cling Cling is a reference to another Perfume track, Clockwork. This fan favourite was Nakata‘s top choice for the LEVEL 3 single but after discussions with the girls, they’ve decided to use 1mm to promote the album instead. Clockwork is a hypnotising track that offers a metaphor of clockwork to describe, well… sex. Rhythmic, clever and haunting. Or perhaps could it be that Cling Cling will be the Spending all my time ver.2 since they share the four track structure and the outfits seem to reference SAMT a little? Stay tuned for more info and follow us on Twitter.

 

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Perfume – Sweet Refrain

 

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LEVEL 3 album has been released only in October and Perfume is already back with a new single due for November release.

Sweet Refrain was apparently meant to be included in LEVEL 3 however for some reason it is now a standalone single.

Listen to Sweet Refrain.

LEVEL 3 is a great, well balanced album with a fresh sound but Sweet Refrain is simply underwhelming. Verses sound sweet and nostalgic, strangely work well with the dubstep elements, however the titled chorus is a sickly sweet, generic J-pop SPAM. Altogether the song doesn’t leave a strong impression and the high pitched vocals are simply borderline-irritating. It really is a mess. Is this the direction Perfume is going? From progressive electro to generic J-pop? Back to square one. Is Nakata trying to please the mainstream Japanese audience? The problem is, at one extreme Perfume is pushing the boundaries with ambitious electro, at the other extreme, they are simply a girly idol-like sellout, trying to please everybody and nobody (未来のミュージアム / Mirai no Museum anyone?). I hope that this is just a temporary phase and after the Sweet Refrain (and a visit to the dentist) Nakata will remember what made Perfume so special in the first place. Let’s just hope the b-side will turn everything around once again (~ edge, FAKE IT, Handy Man)

Sweet Refrain: 2013.11.27

01. Sweet Refrain
02. 恋は前傾姿勢 (Koi wa Zenkeishisei)
03. Sweet Refrain -Original Instrumental-
04. 恋は前傾姿勢 -Original Instrumental-

DVD:
Sweet Refrain –Video Clip-

 

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Perfume -「LEVEL 3」/ ALBUM REVIEW

 

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To the point: LEVEL 3 is the best Perfume album yet. The record is a perfect balance between mainstream pop/dance and sophisticated electronica.

Clockwork is amongst the best tracks on the album. It has a hypnotic, inviting melody, thread with sweet, girly voices of A-chan, Kashiyuka and Nocchi. All this wrapped in a fuzzy layer of synth will get you coming back for more.

The album opens with Enter the Sphere, which sounds like the essence of Capsule’s trippy electro sound in a kaleidoscope… and then it sounds like a battle theme from Final Fantasy 7 for a moment. Edgy and very ‘right now’.

Another bright gem is Party Maker. It’s a terrific party anthem and really deserves its name. Made up of Nakata’s staple, driving beat and tied with just a few vocal lines into an uplifting ball of energy. This really isn’t pop anymore and that’s exactly the secret of Perfume’s success – the fact that their music is pushing the edges of what we consider to be ‘pop’ or ‘mainstream’ by truly creative use of voice processing, vocoder and layering.

1mm is used as the main track promoting LEVEL 3 and has everything that a Perfume song should have, catchy chorus, dance-inducing beat and sparkling synthesiser. All this in a slightly cold setting. Through processed vocals, lyrics show a human touch as they capture the feeling of being helplessly ‘not yet ready’.

Fans will appreciate the comeback of their favourite singles in a new form or remixes. Spring of Life (Album-mix) now has an extended intro that starts with, what was previously the interlude. It’s also tweaked with beats here and there to make it more club-friendly.

Magic of Love (Album-mix), on the other hand is worse than the original and sounds a bit flat. The cheesy ‘trumpet’ and a lighter edit makes it sound like a soundtrack to OutRun. Still, it’s heaps better than Mirai no Museum / 未来のミュージアム – the only downside of this album. Stuck in the middle of the tracklist it stands out like a sore thumb, or should I say, like a toddler in Ministry of Sound and that’s because it’s the most infantile-sounding Perfume track up to date. SKIP.

Spending all my time (Album-mix) is the best remix on the record. It sounds more restrained and structured. It gradually builds up to reveal the final chorus, which now sounds more powerful and exposed. This, gentlemen, is how you make a good remix.

We’ve also got the fan favourite b-sides, stylish and oriental Handy Man, electro-on-drugs Daijobanai / だいじょばない and dreamy Point / ポイント. There’s also Sleeping Beauty, a track which resembles Butterfly, with its hypnotically looped melody and little lyrics. Simple but full of atmosphere.

LEVEL 3 ends with Dream Land, which fits nicely into an ending. Mysterious and a little sad. The album really shows many shades of Perfume and, unlike all the pop artists who jump the ‘electro’ bandwagon ‘because it’s in right now’ Perfume (or Nakata) take it to another level and show real creativity beneath the synth and vocoders. LEVEL 3 is the best electro-pop album so far this year.

 

 

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