Monday, July 28, 2008

New story, new single

I've been a fan of Puffy AmiYumi a lot longer than any other Jpop/Jrock that I listen to now. They were my first slice of Japanese music and the reason I was drawn in so much. There was a time when I knew everything about them and listened to them for hours. As I started to listen to more Japanese music I kinda drifted away from Puffy and focused on the new bands. So I'm glad lately I've been following them a lot again. Maybe not as closely as I do with Hello!Project but close enough. Anyway, that's just a side note.
Puffy's latest single My Story, will be released on August 6th. It's their 27 single, which is almost too hard to believe. The song is sung completely in Japanese, taking a break from their last two single that were in English. Since Honeycrepper was released Puffy has had a more laid back feel to them. And this song is sticking to that. It draws you in from the very first note. It could almost be a ballad if it wasn't for the unique Puffy music thrown in. The beginning has a sweet melody and then almost without warning it throws you in the rock edge of the song. Puffy really has stepped up to the plate lately. Since Splurge was released they got this new kinda modern, laid back, upbeat, sound. And they've released some of their best songs to date. Also, in the last past years they have looked better than they ever had. So whatever they're doing they need to keep it up!
So of course a few days ago the video popped up on the internet. The video had a low budget I'm guessing. Since there really isn't anything there, just them. And most of the video is a sepia/black and white mixture, with a bit of color thrown in. It's not one of their most impressive PVs. But if you look at it from another perspective. The PV seems kinda raw. No distractions. Nothing to keep your eyes off them. Nothing to keep you from really listening to the song. If you look at it that way it almost seems fitting. But I don't really mind much. As long as the song is good I won't care if they were dancing in potato sacks. Well maybe just a little.