I’m not a Morning Musume expert, I’m just one of the many random white people who’ve been unwittingly sucked in by the Japanese idol group’s edgy EDM reinvention over the past year or two.
The group’s new triple A-side single looked like a bust after the forgettable anime OST, “Right Here, Right Now,” was unveiled last month, but they made up for it this week with the premiere of the much better (and much weirder) “An Adolescent Boy is Crying” (“Seishun Kozo ga Naiteiru”).
It’s a strange song, with Morning Musume pledging their support for an awkward teenager in need of a date over unstable electronics that choke and splutter like a malfunctioning machine. The precarious production only serves to strengthen the girls’ cheerleading, as if their encouraging words are the only thing one can count on in this cold harsh world where poor young otakus stay chained to their computer screens, virginity intact.
The last of the three singles, “The Sunset After The Rain” (“Yuugure wa Ameagari”) is less daring than the tourettes-pop of “Adolescent,” but more emotionally potent. It’s pretty dance-pop that manages to be both spirited and melancholy at once, with a piano-laden synth-pop breakdown and bridge that really sounds quite beautiful in a juvenile, J-pop kinda way.
“Seishun Kozo ga Naiteiru / Yuugure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara” officially drops April 15.