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music: Miliyah Kato – Sayonara Baby October 17, 2008

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I was pleased to see a new single was out from Miliyah Kato this afternoon. While I still love a lot of the tracks featured on the Tokyo Star album, I do like the new songs (though I can’t say much about their PV’s). The single is complete with 3 tracks and an instrumental version of ‘Sayonara Baby’.

-> Watch Sayonara Baby PV @ dailymotion
-> last.fm artist information page

music: melody. August 27, 2008

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I wanted to throw up a kpop review, but I began listening to ‘Lei Aloha’ and had to do melody. instead. I’m not sure how popular she is, I’ve actually heard very little about her. From what I can gather, ‘Lei Aloha’ (her latest album) wasn’t a big hit compared to ‘Ready To Go!’. They’re different albums though. ‘Ready To Go!’ has some great upbeat tracks, where ‘Lei Aloha’ is calming and gorgeous if you’re in the right mood. It’s highlight track, for me, is the short track ‘Peace Song’.

One of melody.’s strengths for overseas fans is her English. Born and raised in Hawaii, her English tracks stand strong on their own. I’d recommend checking out some of her singles, where English versions of Japanese tracks are often included.

Personally, I find melody.’s music to be fulfilling pop music. It’s often upbeat and happy, but it’s not done in an obnoxious or cheesy manner. Some people might disagree, but she’s quickly become one of my most listened to artists.

Related Links:
-> watch ‘Realize’ PV @ dailymotion
-> last.fm artist information page

music: KELUN August 22, 2008

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KELUN is a J-rock band, perhaps now best known for singing the 8th OP theme for Bleach. I downloaded KELUN’s ‘Sixteen Girl’ single on a whim, and haven’t really looked back. For the most part, I tend to stick to the pop side of the Japanese music scene but there’s something about this band that I really like. I’m not sure it’s something I can really transcribe here, but I love the more nostalgic sounding songs like Boys Don’t Cry and Raindrop Street.

To date, their discography includes only one album and two singles, but I’m certainly looking forward to new releases.

Related Links:
-> watch ‘Sixteen Girl’ PV
-> last.fm artist information page