minx zone

10Mar06

After touring Meiji-jingu I stopped on the bridge between Yoyogi-koen and Harajuku Station to listen to Minx Zone play. Their songs were simple, poppy, and pretty — and full of an exuberance that is often produced away in professional J-Pop recordings. J-Pop always holds a lot of promise for me, but about 90% of it ends up sounding as if it’s been flattened to a boring pancake thinness in an effort to please a focus group composed of balding 50 year old salary men. Here’s to young, independent J-Pop street musicians!

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