Today’s post will be written by Alec Cheung, of Northeastern University.
I have been a fan of Tokyo Jihen for a few years as of 2013. As a horrible fan I have only binge listened to two of their albums in the last three years; yet when I discovered Marunouchi Sadistic (丸の内サディスティック) this weekend, it has been on replay for over a day.
Tokyo Jihen is fronted by the multitalented Ringo Shiina—a successful solo artist before she formed the band in 2003. Widely regarded as one of the most successful Japanese acts and one of the few to gain popularity overseas, Tokyo Jihen’s single managed to peak on the singles chart at number 4 in 2012.
Tokyo Jihen seems to be experimenting all the time. The band took a jazzy approach towards Marunouchi Sadistic while not straying far from their Rock roots. I am personally in love with this live version. Every single band member seems to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. With a wave of her hand, Shiina was able to command the entire crowd to dance with her. The pianist was crouching on his stool in the middle of his solo, while the bass and guitar players leaned on each another; their faces ecstatic.
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See you on the other side.