PANACHE!: キラメキ未来図 [KIRAMEKI MIRAIZU]

By Paris365 on November 29, 2012

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Release Date

10/24/12

Genre

J-pop

Label

DefStar Records / Sony Music Entertainment

Some sites, like CD Japan, have this group's name spelled Panachi! but it would appear that Panache! is the correct spelling since that is how it's spelled on their single covers and on Yes Asia's site. (There are two versions of this single available, which appear to have the same tracks. Both come with a bonus CD-ROM featuring 100 photos, but it's likely that there are two versions, each with a unique 100 photos.)

"キラメキ未来図" is the first single for Panache!, which is a girl group consisting of three famous cosplayers. Google translates the song's title as "The Vision Of The Future Glitter." Musically, the song is a blend of sunshiny bright synthpop and dazzling electro-pop, calling to mind Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Which, of course, is a good thing. A very good thing, in fact. The problem is that the song tries too hard to sound futuristic by processing the hell out of the vocals. Seriously, if auto-tune gets on your last nerve you're sure to absolutely loathe this one. That said, I'm not sure if it's auto-tune or some other vocal processor. All I know is that ALL of the vocals of this song sound like they've been highly processed. Normally, that sort of thing irks me as much as the next guy, but as I listened to this song over and over in preparation for reviewing it I found myself liking it more and more every time. I thought I was going to end up really, really hating it but somehow the catchy beats, fancy loops and impressive melody conspired and won me over.

The B-side is a cover of Easy Pop's classic "Happy Synthesizer," which has been remixed by Clean Tears. I don't know why they'd release a remix of the track before the normal version, but it actually doesn't sound like a remix to my ears, the production being very similar to the A-side. So maybe that just means that Clean Tears produced it? Regardless, it's another infectious tune that wins you over with slick beats, glimmering synth and hypnotic loops. Once again, the vocals are highly processed, but that gets easier to ignore the more you listen to it. At least that's my experience. It might have some of you grinding your teeth. I really hope they use less vocal processing on their future material though because the songs are lovely and I suspect their voices are, too. (This single also includes instrumental versions of both tracks.) -Michael McCarthy

I couldn't find an actual music video by the group online, but here's a video of them talking about the single.

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