Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Into Darkness

Has there even been a more appropriate collaboration in the history of music and cinema than Kyary Pamyu Pamyu recording a song for the latest Star Trek movie? I think not. The alien J-pop princess and her musical puppeteer, Yasutaka Nakata, have made a song for the Japanese release of the intergalactic blockbuster, which officially opens in Japan next month.

The song, titled “Into Darkness,” is credited to both Nakata and Kyary, and it’s easy to see why. It’s much closer to Capsule’s crunchy techno than Kyary’s bizarre bubblegum pop, but ultimately, it’s its own sound. Nakata gets a slow electro grind going, then peppers it with popcorn synths and Kyary’s chirpy voice, which is so dialed down and distorted that it sounds like the lonely ghost of a broken vocaloid. Listen to it up loud on a good set of headphones, and it’s hypnotic.

I love me some wacky Pamyu pop, but it’d be nice to hear Kyary do some darker stuff like this on the side every now and then. God knows she’s weird enough to pull it off.