Review of each KIS-MY-FT2 single: Akai Kajitsu

Akai KajitsuIn honor of the fact that Kis-My-Ft2’s complete video has been uploaded to YouTube (in edited form, of course …), I can not help but write about each one. To put this in context for Bias List readers, Kis-My-Ft2 (or Kisumai as they are often called) is my J-pop version of Infinite. Tois how much I love them and their discography.

Still, I rarely write about them because it was so hard to find online links to their music … until now!

Akai Kajitsu (2017)

We’re right back to the rock opera territory with Akai Kajitsu. To me, this song has always felt like an ending to Tonight/Explode double from earlier in the year. It carries a similar energy, driven by guitars and sizzling dance beats. It is also larger than life, and chooses the sense of symphonic grandeur that characterizes many of Kisumai’s best numbers.

When you think about Akai Kajitsu, the word “ornate” immediately comes to mind. Both its melody and production have a theatrical quality that makes it feel close and intricate. But beyond these wonderful flourishes, the structure of the course is quite straightforward. This gives it drive and momentum – two ingredients I am known to enjoy in a pop song! It manages to sound overwhelming and welcoming at the same time. This is thanks to some wonderfully sticky tunes. True to the Kisumai form, the chorus is epic and satisfying and full neck. Every other melody supports this midpoint, including the addictive vortex of the verses and the song that opens the song and echoes each chorus. It is tight songwriting, blown wide open with ambitious scope.

Much of the song’s theatrical connotations come thanks to its amazing music video. The guys all go Miserable on us with a visual that belongs on stage. The YouTube version is clipped at the beginning and end, but the basic story is simple: Music has been banned from this vaguely European city, and it’s up to our heroes to save the instruments and bring happiness back to the urban population. It is wonderfully simple and done with tongues planted firmly in the cheeks.

Although this is a single (it would later appear on 2018’s Delicious album), Akai Kajitsus coupling songs are all ingenious. They include one of my all-time great Kisumai numbers, which I wrote about in detail here.

Hooks 9
Production 9
Long life 9
Bias 10

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