Monday, November 17, 2014
Morning Musume -- Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe (時空を超え 宇宙を超え)
2014 is almost gone and, like always, I started selecting my favourite songs from the year. Looking at my selection, I concluded that I reviewed a good portion of them here on KKP through the year, but also skept one or another important song. One of my skips was Morning Musume.’s (モーニング娘。) “Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe”, which was released back in April.
Since 2012, Morning Musume. is investing really hard in this heavy electronic pop trend that suddenly became popular in the United States. They’ve done it in a aggressive and cool way, which earned them very good sales and more #1 singles on the Oricon charts to their long discography, but as a fan of the group’s “Golden Times”, it was impossible for me to truly enjoy the new changes.
As for “Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe”, Tsunku (つんく♂) had the great idea of keeping the electronic elements while changing the mood a little bit. In this canse, instead of an aggressive electronic pop song, the group released a beautiful ballad with electronic interventions here and there, and also stuttering piano notes and strings in the arrangement. Add a touching chorus and we have Morning Musume.’s most interesting single in a while.
The video, although simple, is visually stunning. The nice blue dresses combined very well with the space thematic and the girls are absolutely gorgeous. Also, I always think of them as spatial fairies every time I watch the video.
“Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe”, which was a double a-side single with “Password is 0”, reached #1 on the Oricon charts, selling 132,225 copies. Lyrics and music were done by Tsunku, while Kaoru Okubo (大久保薫) was responsible for the arrangement.