I had an extremely vivid lucid dream I couldn’t control a few weeks ago that left me shaken for much of the following day. It changed so rapidly and everything was so clear
https://twitter.com/lilnasx/status/1172684644635906048 The pace and feeling of this video is the closest thing I’ve seen to that & brought the feeling of being trapped in the dream back to me. I feel like the platforms have been optimized around our brains so much that mainstream content production is almost mimicking the weird corners of our subconscious
You just never stop hearing new things. The stereo panned low vocals in sweet refrain verse 2 took me till now to hear and it's a cool idea to put them there
Spice too. Completely unique in composition and production, never heard anything like it before or since from Nakata or anyone else. Modulation jungle gym. All the eras are cool but JPN probably my favorite album
In its first 30 seconds, Voice has more interesting composition ideas than most songwriters entire careers
To multiply the complexity, that melody is reused in the choruses with completely different chords underneath. Just wow
Natural Ni Koishite is one of those tracks that is completely 100% unlike any other song I've ever heard period. Tracks like that are my favorite of his where they're like an island in his career and you can hear elements of them elsewhere but that particular flavor and combination only happened once. The glitchy production and the insanely complex chord sequences occur elsewhere but the actual principles of the composition and that combination of the two are novel
How does a pop song as perfect as Love the World even exist
First electro-pop song ever to go #1 in Japan for a reason
And maybe I'm just gonna spam post perfume hot takes all day. Only time they'll ever drop a career-spanning retrospective like this so why not!
Wow, what a whirlwind tour of someone pioneering just about every advancement in electronic music production for the last 20 years. It's like when you hear Within You Without you after I Wanna Hold Your Hand and you're like... wtf happened in music and culture in such a short time for these to be lined up next to each other?
Polyrhythm really does stand out tho. Before that you hear A+ drowning-in-harmonies bubblegum J-pop. Once you hit Polyrhythm though you're in completely uncharted territory
Perfume's remastered retrospective P^3 is live on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/2ys3daPjlHkDZqN3MuKXec
Crazy that you can take 1/3 of Yasutaka Nakata's creative output (his work for Perfume) and it's still one of the greatest discographies in pop music history. 50 tracks isn't even close to enough, so much gets left out. Cool though that some early Complete Best era stuff got remastered. You can really hear the difference in tracks like Computer City. Not sure which I prefer but cool to hear another take
Here's an open source app I made that connects to your Google Photos, Instagram, and Facebook, and keeps them continuously backed up into one organized directory either on your computer or on a cloud storage provider like Google Drive, Dropbox, or S3: https://github.com/ericflo/mediasummon
Nakata deep cut of the day: Perfume - Koi Wa Zenkeishisei https://youtu.be/i_uBCvIOPJs
One of the most buried single B-sides. Kyary (drinker esp) style E piano and synth bass and harmonies are nice
I mean come on these people get it
The Perfume fan discord is so shockingly fun to be a part of. Discussing nuances of Nakata writing predominantly from the female perspective and if we can even tell if his multi-decade lyrical output is good and theorizing about where he'll take his sound next... it's like a small and passionate group who actually totally 100% get the context and significance of this music and there's soooo much to dissect. Was so pleased to find that the nature of their interest is largely the same as mine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo0RK_olDb4 lizzo rules
Wow... slum village and j dilla performing live https://youtu.be/3z3VLodhIEk Never seen this before- listened to this album so many times it’s just unreal to see how much energy there was in the room live
I've had more concrete song ideas in the last ~3 weeks than in the last ~3 years. They're just pouring out of me. I feel like I spent the last 6-8 years in Nakata songwriting university and all at once a lot of his building blocks just clicked with me and I'm graduating because they're mixing with the punk/rock I used to write. I really want to get a trio together or record demos of them to see if they're any good but it's bad timing as I'm about to go out of town for quite a while
late night mogra jams https://www.twitch.tv/mogra
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