Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Pamyu Pamyu Revolution


5.0
classic

Review

by Martine Balcaen USER (8 Reviews)
May 27th, 2012 | 747 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws. -Vladimir Lenin

In an immediate sense, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s music and image mean nothing and are of no relevance to anyone’s sober, adult reality. She has no social agenda, no cultural agenda and no political agenda. Hers is an essence of musical and physical aesthetic meant to cast aside intention and objective purpose in favour of the listener’s conception of the feeling and the imagination akin to a child’s spiritual connection with their stuffed toys. It is then perhaps, in another sense, that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s music could be the aggregate of so much more.

Enter Japan’s latest frivolous sensation: Caroline Charonplop Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Model, blogger, entrepreneur, recording artist and newest poster girl for all things Harajuku. The late summer release of her debut EP, Moshi Moshi Harajuku, took over the blogosphere to a tune that began as a flippant, guilty pleasure, proceeded as “in heavy rotation”, finally taking a top spot on many bashful year-end lists of 2011. While many were simply enamoured by Kyary’s colorful videos, notably that for PonPonPon, garnering many well-earned comparisons and misplaced “American equivalent” comparisons to Perfume and Lady Gaga, respectively, many praised her (and producer Yasutaka Nakata of Capsule [JPN]) for bringing the “Pop” back as the very core of pop music.

With Nakata at the reigns of production once more, Pamyu Pamyu Revolution has not slowed down the engine of the starlet’s perfectly asinine rendition of a storybook fairy tale devoid of anything but happy endings. Boasting distant cherubic synths, set ablaze onto a comet made purely out of various chimes, a plump bassline and the innocent imagination of the world’s children personified within a vocalist that one would not feel justified labelling as “soprano”. However easy it may be to imagine that this release would be served with the authenticity of a TV dinner, the truly amazing aspect is that there isn’t a hint of false joy presented, rare to find upon a genre that can be so frequently over processed. At the helm of a series of singles, Tsukema Tsukeru finds the timing for every musical entrance so immaculate you’d have thought the atomic clock finally discovered it could dance. Candy Candy follows up with a similar approach involving one of the most infectious melodies to ever come out of a music box, walk on its own two feet and show the discoteque what their emotional needs have been lacking.

Wait, emotional needs? I suppose that’s going a little far. After all, not everyone can relate to songs about putting on false eyelashes, the simple pleasure of eating candies out of your pockets or drinking in an expansive mind state until the dawn greets you. Or can they? Perhaps Kyary is surpassing a songwriting barrier previously met by those feigning affectation for shame of appearing too simple to a listener. Perhaps none of this is even meant for you, in a strange, convoluted way. Whatever her aim, Kyary’s choruses are going to stay stuck in your heads the summer (and beyond) over. Pamyu Pamyu Revolution indeed.



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balcaen
May 26th 2012


3183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I haven't written a review since last summer, but I'm so glad this is the one that made me come back
to it.

in b4 i'm trolling, not trolling

taxidermist
May 26th 2012


7212 Comments


My god...

Rail
May 26th 2012


558 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This seems quite saccharine. Might check it out when I'm feeling bubbly.

Superb review.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 26th 2012


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

m/

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 26th 2012


50951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

oh man I have to go to a concert, must talk about this later

DoubtGin
May 26th 2012


6752 Comments


PONPONPON is my jam

also http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tTWFru4dDcY

DoubtGin
May 26th 2012


6752 Comments


ok i give up

balcaen
May 26th 2012


3183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What have I done...

Tyrael
May 26th 2012


20972 Comments


this is the kind of music that makes me a 'fairy'

fuck it

sweet summary too

balcaen
May 26th 2012


3183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah dat summary
i'm glad i decided to go through with that

joshuatree
Emeritus
May 26th 2012


3742 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album's pretty good and has some real jams (ponponpon especially) but it's far from nakata's best, almost everything he's done w/ capsule and perfume is better. this sounds like perfume with "whimsy" instruments and sounds instead of the chemical-zone-from-sonic 2-soundtrack-esque bleeps/bloops i love so much

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 26th 2012


10662 Comments


You've got to be fucking kidding me

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balcaen
May 26th 2012


3183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

We can surely still be friends, right Eli?

Tyrael
May 26th 2012


20972 Comments


No way Eli is my friend already

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 26th 2012


10662 Comments


Death match

astrel
May 26th 2012


2614 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

weeaboo w/

balcaen
May 26th 2012


3183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

bitch please

astrel
May 26th 2012


2614 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

but seriously, drinker owns.

auberginedreams
May 26th 2012


6075 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLy4cvRx7Vc

lol those lions.

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FadedSun
May 26th 2012


1317 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What the? Is this seriously a good album?



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