Perfume
Triangle


4.0
excellent

Review

by 50iL USER (17 Reviews)
February 17th, 2018 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


The existence of Perfume is rather peculiar. The project, although presented by three girls, is actually headed by Yasutaka Nakata. Nakata is a Japanese producer who arranges all of Perfume’s music. He often has a theme in mind when making albums; France in Capsule’s Cutie Cinema Replay and sugary, “kawaii” culture on Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Pamyu Pamyu Revolution are just some examples of such. This makes all of his work vary greatly.

From Game, Perfume’s first album, Nakata showed he meant business. He continuously delivered interesting slabs of techno pop that you just couldn’t help but dance to. Game was the definition of a good time; all the songs felt unbarredly enjoyable, a grandiose manifestation of pop. Oh, and the production kicks ass. There’s also that.

On Triangle, though, Nakata decided to approach his music differently. On top of Perfume’s all-out pop jam style, he added a layer of steely coolness by toning down the techno ever-so-slightly, and utilizing house prominently. Dry percussion is regularly used, for example. This makes for a robotic and sophisticated sound that, although often showcased in lengthy songs, still goes as hard as Perfume’s unadulterated style of techno pop. Nakata often manages to truly surprise the listener, including the use of orchestral elements on “願い,” an almost nine minute electronic jam with few pop characteristics, and jazzy chords thrown into the mix every once in a while. The album is also spiced up by its unique theme, the 80’s and aviation. Synths are often used, making for a very nostalgic sound reminiscent of the signature synth pop movement.

The music is well accompanied by the production that, just like on Game, is simply top notch. All of the music’s layers are mixed just right as to accentuate and create textures that complement it; synths are mixed sharply, reminding the listener of sleek planes soaring through the skies, for instance. The great thing about Triangle’s production, nonetheless, is how it adds a layer of brickwalling on top of all music. This makes the music that would otherwise be clean acquire a unique feel, an aggressive coolness of sorts.

Triangle is a daring, well-thought out record. It’s not afraid to use ample textures and electronics to give more character to Perfume’s brand of banging J-Pop, and it evokes a very special feel because of its use of varying themes. Nakata’s brainchild has proven to not only be an incredibly fun time, but also a discernibly elegant endeavor worth many attentive listens.



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50iL
February 17th 2018


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/79CDvmQOwJBEpd6gL6zgN9?si=bfN8HHsGREGj0ra6RuBS1A

Special thanks to Clover, Claire, and Bloon for proofreading this review!

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CalculatingInfinity
February 17th 2018


8753 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Niceeeeeeeeee Dream Fighter and 願い are life.

Aberf
February 17th 2018


2432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review. Although I would love to see a more hyping element in the review cuz this album is hype as fuck.

Aberf
February 17th 2018


2432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dream FIghter and Edge ~Triangle mix~ are legitimately 10/10 songs.

50iL
February 17th 2018


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dudes!

Yeah, I kinda wanted to highlight the soundscapes more than the hype factor

Dewinged
February 17th 2018


14454 Comments


Great review man, always had a soft spot for these girls but never jammed a full album.

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50iL
February 17th 2018


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice dude, so far all I've checked from them is class

Jasdevi087
February 18th 2018


5406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh ok fuck, i guess this didn't have a review

polyrhythm
February 18th 2018


1994 Comments


Thanks for reminding me this exists

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ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
February 18th 2018


2918 Comments


cute review 50, pos

50iL
February 18th 2018


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys :3

Beautiful
February 18th 2018


417 Comments


overrated but it has some nice tracks

foxblood
February 19th 2018


9486 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

finally this got a review. not overrated at all. Dream Fighter is one of the best songs ever.

Beautiful
February 20th 2018


417 Comments


Oh yes, I like that song :D

Beautiful
February 20th 2018


417 Comments


Oh yes, I like that song :D

Aberf
February 21st 2018


2432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How is this overrated at all?

Toad
July 31st 2018


1994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dream Fighter is pop heaven

foxblood
July 31st 2018


9486 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

agreed

FrozenVain
August 2nd 2018


3019 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

New album 15th.

Gonna suck.

foxblood
August 2nd 2018


9486 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah I stopped following them years ago



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