In the twenty-two years since The Buzz’s inception, by whatever voodoo there is floating about this vast blue marble, we have never had a publicist contact us wishing for the coverage of a band, film, book or the like from a Japanese artist. This week that changed. A publicist for Gomaruyonzubon, the musical project of acclaimed designer Hajime Tsutsui, sent us a few songs for us to mull-over and spruik to the masses.
Most well known for designing the most expensive kimono of all time, which was insured for around 40 million yen (AUD $486,500) as well as having made popular designs for chopsticks on a commercial airline, Hajime Tsutsui seemed an unlikely candidate for pop music stardom, but who’s to know, stranger things have happened.
First track Flower Popcorn Music sounded a bit like it should’ve been the theme song for a 90’s sitcom, very catchy though. Samurai sounds a bit like a B-side off Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness. Kiss I believe is attempting a LiveAide type thing as the two band members sing and dance around what look like underprivileged children in the video clip. It’s a bit weird really, but it’s a decent, happy go lucky tune. Rock’n Roll Jack was definitely the real gem in the end, a proper foot-tapping sing-along pop song. The video clip was quite special as well, serious Japanese game show weirdness.
All in all I certainly wouldn’t call the experience a waste of my time, decent pop tunes, every one of them catchier than the next. Also given Hajime Tsutsui former successes with random feats in the art world, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see his music fall somewhere into the media stratosphere sooner rather than later.
Check out Gomaruyonzubon’s channel here if you feel like listening/seeing something a little different.