[ Song of the Week ] Perfume – “FUSION”

from the album Future Pop (2018)

Kraftwerk meets Nine Inch Nails by way of idol J-Pop? Prepare for aural amazement with the intense electronic sounds of “FUSION”. Your perceptions of J-Pop might be challenged by this song. 🙂

While not a music video per se, this clip featuring the song is a unique presentation by the three members of the group, each on a different continent, yet performing live “together”.

[ Song of the Week ] Perfume – “Party Maker”

From the album LEVEL3 (2013)

Transcending what one typically expects from J-Pop, this is a song ready to get any dance club moving. Perfume is a group which has been around for nearly two decades! Unlike a traditional idol group where there’s a constant cycle of new members joining and older ones graduating, Perfume has had the same lineup the whole time. The girls started Perfume in the year 2000 as literal children around the ages of 11 or 12, and are now 30. (Putting them in their mid-20s when this song was recorded.)

For most of that time their music has been written and produced by Nakata Yasutaka, who also writes and produces for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. While KPP tends to be more quirky and bizarre, Perfume is more on the electronic side of things.