In 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!
Yes! I Scream (2016)
Fresh one legendary song, we have another! And the coolest thing is, Yes! I scream and Gravity could not be more different from each other. While Gravity delivers hard-hitting EDM pop, Yes! I scream is a festive march – as colorful and lively as the parade in his music video.
I love this song. It is such a shot of relentless positivity. It has melody for days, amplified by a kaleidoscopic arrangement that sounds like a candy store exploding with sugar. It is anthemic right from the first bolts of percussion, and only becomes more intense as string swirls and rises around the central vocal hook.
The verses move in a clip and build towards a larger than life chorus that weaves through several triumphant choruses – each more exquisite than the last. Then we hit the trumpeting synth. This specific synth sound (does it have a name?) Appears in some of my all-time favorite pop songs. It may be my favorite synth tone ever, and it provides Yes! I scream even more presence and theatricality. The song’s breakdown / bridge is another highlight that paves the way for a festive finale.
The YouTube upload gives us full music video … and it’s a fun one! The set is straight out of Dr. Seuss, and the guys look both ridiculous and endearing. The making of the video from this recording is particularly funny because it was all filmed on a small audio image so the guys would march excitedly for a few seconds … then back up and march excitedly again.
Yes! I scream leads the first of a series of excellent albums from Kisumai. Not only does I scream contain this song and Gravity. It includes a number of good b-pages like Summer breeze (a seasonal basis for me), Psycho, I’m screaming at night and Flamingo.