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City Pop

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What is your favourite city pop album?
Mine is pic related.
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i'm confused between the distinction between city pop and shibuya kei cause i've seen so many mislabelled thing, like the only thing i know that seems to be definitively city pop of late is especia
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this one

>>54962234
city pop is/was a subset of J-pop mostly associated with the mid '70s - late '80s. theres sort of a reflection of the positivity of the bubble economy and huge influences from soft 'cheesy' jazz fusion and adult oriented rock. production wise it used a lot of then trendy now dated sounds often associated with '80s pop music
some examples include:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIFASfPkw9g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqmkTy8V_Iw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT6IQ1zI0VE

shibuya-kei was more of a '90s trendy pop/rock that was heavily influenced by '60s psych pop, ye ye, mpb, etc. it was sort of an eclectic amalgamation of various western pop styles refracted through a Japanese lens. because it pulled from such diverse genres, the music is a bit harder to pinpoint as having one unified sound.
examples include:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z22nzBVLCto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niOadhrr3xE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug3SXDtYavI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrEnLIUdGsI

hope this helped some?
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>spend all that time typing that out
>thread dies
B U M P
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV_oHmW0rKU
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>>54962101
>tfw trying to sample that short guitar intro from Sparkle
>tfw I somehow keep failing
>tfw I see this thread
ayy lmao
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Pic related and >>54962681 are my favourite. I'm very entry atm
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>>54962452
I like you mootkips. Mine is either that or pic related even though it's a recent 'city pop revival' album.
I have mad love for city pop with 90's r'n'b influences, like the newest especia.
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Got to go with the boring choice, it just has lots of variety, good musicianship and the final track is genuinely touching. It's both unintentionally funny and great at the same time.

Tatsuro Yamashita has good singles and great live recordings but his albums just are pretty boring as a whole IMO.
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>>54963393
this is great. i hadn't heard it before
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Oh, so it's the most boring, despicable thing ever when white Americans do it, but it's cool when Japanese people do it? Fuck off you racist weebs.
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>>54964606
No one said that here and 80s cheese is pretty popular on /mu/ overall.
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>>54964508
Also this. Mishio Ogawa is usually associated with her art pop and avant-garde projects, but even though this album is one of her later works, it seems to take a lot of influence from city pop artists and world music.
Her other stuff is great too if you're into this sort of stuff a lot.
Haniwa-Chan, Wha ha ha and Chakra are great projects aside from her solo work. This album and the next one she put out are my favourites
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>>54964606
some of the western stuff is good, just as some of the jap stuff is bad
keep making these assumptions though
>>54964508
nice cover
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>>54964606
Generally yes because there's always a lot less cocaine involved. Also like >>54964701 said, there's bad stuff, it's just much harder to find, mostly due to the language barrier.
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>>54962452
Is there a name for that really awful pop with the angular opening riffs and ADHD level samples that pretty much defined the sound of anime openings for years? I'm not up on my J-pop, but some of that Megumi Hayashibara sound is what I'm thinking of.
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>>54964900
not as far as i'm aware but anime related knowledge is a weak spot for me
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>>54964971
It's not exclusive to anime, but anime OPs are loaded with it. It fell out of favor a few years ago, but was a pretty defining sound of really hyperkinetic j-pop for quite a while. I can hear the origin in shibuya-kei, only sped up and made more electronic.
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>>54965039
Try asking /a/
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>>54964900
Denpa? Though I guess it's more related to the eroge opening etc, uber cutesy otaku pandering.
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>>54965039
i guess something like bitpop is the closest thing i can name to what you are describing?
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>>54965063
>bitpop
That sounds about right.

>>54965056
Ahue. I wouldn't know anything about that and it is totally not really close to what I was thinking.
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>>54965039
I honestly think it was just limited to anime OST's. it's classic jpop with stupid synthesised metal parts. I have a few OST's that i really like from the mid 80's and you can tell that as time goes on, they keep pushing towards the sound you're describing
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>>54965160
*or at least artists with ties to anime OST roduction
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>>54962452
this is good.
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>>54964534
>Tatsuro Yamashita has good singles and great live recordings but his albums just are pretty boring as a whole IMO.
i agree with this actually. sorry for not replying to it earlier.
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>>54965160
Now that I think about it, the first time I heard that kind of sound full force was Excel Saga, but I swear I've still heard it pop up in mainstream j-pop in a more subtle form.
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>>54965210
Now that I think about it, I think that city pop is overall a very single dominated genre, like so many other 80s pop genres. Nothing wrong with that though, considering power pop and italo disco are some of my fav genres. I wish there was more live recordings (of any artist) around because the musicians were technically very good and the songs usually have lots of space for jamming.
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