I’d like to begin this review with a quote from myself two months ago: ‘I want to focus all of my attention on music from Ireland and the UK.’ – fast forward a couple of months and here is a feature of a Japanese song. It’s impossible to focus on one particular region – there’s just too much good music out there that excites me.
A couple of days ago, I received two tracks from an artist based in Japan. I got all excited, I’ve had Japanese submissions before but these two were different. The first one was a crazy experimental, heavily sampled ,Jazz track called Ten by an artist named Clué – it was totally different to anything I’d been hearing. The track was awash with rippling saxophone notes bashed out against the backdrop of manic piano arpeggios. Just the kind of refreshing craziness I adore.
The second submission was a tune called Walking by FUFU which is due for release today. I clicked on the video and was instantly captivated by it’s beauty. Walking is a pleasant blend of Folk and Pop with some traditional elements thrown in. The song is accompanied by a super interpretive dance performance from contemporary dancer SOMA. The whole thing just oozes class. The chirpy and uplifting sound here reminds me of the early works of Architecture in Helsinki crossed with Of Monsters and Men.
I never thought I’d be sitting here in London singing the praises of a newly released Japanese debut single. Music is a universal language and Walking by FUFU is a universally appealing tune!!
FUFU / Walking
About ‘The Sound Sniffer’
The Sound Sniffer is a music blog which is still only a baby – Founded and run by Kevin Coakley in early 2019. He is a music writer and ghostwriter. ‘The Sound Sniffer’ also runs gigs and showcases in London since Oct 2019. The showcases are picked from artists we find in our submissions inbox.