Fine. I admit it. I may hate being wrong, but I’m not too proud to admit when I’ve made a mistake. And this time, I think I made a pretty big one. Suiyoubi no Campanella, otherwise known as WEDNESDAY CAMPENELLA, is pretty amazing.
I know, I know. I’m super late to the game. Suiyoubi no Campanella is one of the buzziest artists in Japan right now. It seems like everyone who doesn’t have basic taste in music is head over heels for the group. How am I just now coming around to liking them too?
In March 2016, Suiyoubi no Campanella held a concert at SXSW. That same year, Perfume was also featured as a guest at the event. I checked out videos of both groups’ performances there. I started with Perfume’s “Story” performance. If you haven’t seen it before, it is truly a creative force to be reckoned with. The blending of the live performance with technology to create a virtual reality experience was awe inspiring. It remains one of my favorite performances of all time.
After watching that performance, I put on Suiyoubi no Campanella’s video hoping to be equally amazed. Unfortunately, I wasn’t. I was not enthralled. I was not inspired. I obsessed over Perfume’s performance instead. The group didn’t do anything for me the first time that I listened to them, and I didn’t revisit their music even when so many others were talking about them.
Fast forward to last week. I stumbled upon “Aladdin”. No, not the Disney movie. The opening track from Suiyoubi no Campanella’s new album “SUPERMAN”. I was instantly hooked and listened to the rest of the album. I was not disappointed, and it has been on repeat ever since.
Suiyoubi no Campanella manages to take a variety of different styles, put their magical touch on it, and create gold. Take for example “Genghis Khan”. It takes African sounds and transforms it into lounge-ready EDM. This fades into the next track “Chaplin” which has more traditional club banger tones. While each track has its own distinct sound, they’re all threaded together by a unique sensibility that’s become the signature of the group.
You don’t realize how bland the music you’re listening to is until something as refreshing as this comes along. Listening to "SUPERMAN" felt exciting, like discovering buried treasure that you weren't even looking for. There is the sense that you're listening to something great, even if you can't describe in words what that greatness is. It is this X factor that has made them darlings of the music scene.
I made a mistake by not getting into Suiyoubi no Campanella until now. Please learn from my mistake. Do yourself a favor and listen to “SUPERMAN” right now. You can thank me later.
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