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20 hours ago, adamstan said:

Love it :wub: That such songs are still being made in 21st century is why I fell in love with J-pop :D

I know it is very formulaic. It's just that J-pop formula resonates with me really well.

I think this one's barely 20th century (like 15 years old), but I guess it counts. And it's hard to argue, particularily with this live performance it's quite lovely. :)

I, on the other hand, have more fun than I've expected with Sakura Fujiwara's bootleg American folk. It somehow cracks me up that this kind of music is made in Japan. ^^

 

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That's indeed nice :) Reminds me of some of the Kayoko Yoshizawa's songs.

19 minutes ago, Plk_Lesiak said:

It somehow cracks me up that this kind of music is made in Japan. ^^

I feel like Japanese popular music is essentially a mix of various pop traditions from all the world. From different time periods as well. And often it brings interesting and pleasing results :)

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43 minutes ago, adamstan said:

Nice (even if simple) playing, however I'm not big fan of that singing style ;) But overally nice song.

It's pretty fitting for American folk though. :D I actually like it myself, but there's also the fact this recording is from 2013, when she was just 17. She refined her singing a bit since then. :)

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25 minutes ago, Plk_Lesiak said:

It's pretty fitting for American folk though. :D

Yeah, that might be. Now that you say it, I guess that was my main problem with it - she sounded too American for my taste :D

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10 minutes ago, adamstan said:

It indeed is :D But the video is really bizarre - as were many of 80's MVs actually ;)

Indeed, although people say it's based on her personal trauma of working as a waitress and getting an intestinal disease out of stress. So it's symbolic. Some of it at least. Not sure about the closeup at the very beginning, but the rest... :D

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I was looking for a good live performance of this song and well... Considering how Shizuka Kudo was singing at the beginning of her career, it wasn't easy. :wahaha: But finally, I found this one in which she seems to be slightly older and the difference is pretty significant. ^^

 

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I just randomly reminded myself that Kana Hanazawa is a proper singer outside of her Seiyuu work and discovered most of her stuff is on Spotify... With like 0 replays, so probably uploaded recently. Pretty cool songs, if you can get over her cutesy style of singing. :3

 

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So now it's my turn ;)

I heard this song on a japanese local radio today, and for some reasons it really moved me:

The girl who made this song, Youko Matsuura, seems to be rather unknown, she doesn't have any records released, just couple YT vids with a few hundred viewers. And now she seems to be doing similar thing to me, namely recording cover songs in her home and posting them on YT ;)

And I'm really tempted to do a cover of the above song...

Speaking of which, a few weeks ago I did a cover of Anri Kumaki's song. It was my first attempt at singing in Japanese. Please forgive me for posting it here as well, but maybe someone will find it nice ;)

 

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On 23.04.2020 at 4:53 PM, adamstan said:

The girl who made this song, Youko Matsuura, seems to be rather unknown, she doesn't have any records released,

I looked a bit more at her page, and it turns out she has some CDs, but it looks like they're self-published, and she sells/sold them only at her live shows, and a few shops/places she's friends with. So for me they're impossible to get :(

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The same day I heard Yoko Matsuura, I've also heard this:

Guess kind of humble beginnings of eurobeat ;) This song is a funny case. It's a cover of italo disco song. Actually, UK made one. So, I guess, euro-disco then? Nevertheless, original was this:

And it's interesting, because lyrics are completely different (it isn't the translation of Angie Gold's version), making them effectively different songs sharing the same melody. English song is angry, breakup/revenge song, while Japanese version is very lighthearted, with girl hunting at the disco for her "cinderella boy" ;) What's more, Yoko Oginome release also english version, which is the translation of JP one.

I have to say - I prefer both covers than the original :)

(for some reasons the embedding seems to be temporarily broken...)

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