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4TE new music video: Ippo Zutsu

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Ippo Zutsu

Last month we wrote about 4TE (our original review), a new j-pop girl group. Now they’re back with a second single and a brand new video to go along with it. The second single is called Ippo Zutsu (One step at a time), and just like the first single it sounds very like other well known j-pop groups like Perfume, which we absolutely love. The song has really captured the essence of what a j-pop band should sound like and we thought this single seems even stronger than the last single. If the group continues releasing song in this quality we are sure that they are going to become big very soon. It would even be cool of a group like this could become famous on the Japanese market, since they’re from the other side of the world.
The music video this time features the dance group by the name FrolicLassie, which happens to be managed by one of 4TE’s managers. The video follows five Japanese school girls (FrolicLassie) and their future plans of life throughout the music video, while cutting back and forth between shots of the members of 4TE.

The song has a very happy feel to it and and uptempo vibe. It’s a great song to listen to while on the go also.

Once again the group has delivered a strong single and a great video. What makes it even stronger this time is the collaboration with FrolicLassie.

Last week 4TE had a promotional event to go along with the single release, which allowed all the fans to interact with the group, which is a great way for the fans to get in contact with their favourite member of the group.

 





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4TE – Japanese influenced j-pop girl group

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4TE – Japanese influenced j-pop girl group

4TE (pronounced forte) are a new Japanese influenced j-pop girl group. They have just released their first single M O R E. Their music has a very Japanese vibe to it and really reminds us of the j-pop girl group Perfume and Japanese electro group Capsule, both produced by Yasutaka Nakata. The main difference is that 4TE are not from Japan. Not that you would know that they are not from Japan, since the group has captured the essence of what a j-pop group is in their music, both in style and language.

4TE are based in the southwest of the USA. Because the girls are not situated in the same location the rely on the internet to run the group, where they all work together on every aspect – from the music to the group’s image and concepts.

Group members

4TE consists of Chii, Jenny, Micchi, and Mei.

Chii is a Mexican-American singer and songwriter, studying audio engineering and vocal performance. She has her own YouTube channel with over half a million views and she is the winner of the “Singer Search Award 2013” hosted by NHK World.

Mei is a Chinese-Indonesian-American actress, singer, and songwriter. She received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance at the Azusa Pacific University. She currently lives in Osaka, Japan, where she works at Universal Studios.

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Jenny is a Colombian-American singer and songwriter.  She has studied music studied, visual arts, graphic design and taken studies in sound engineering and entertainment technology. She has taken part in countless bands and online musical projects with various Japanese and western genres.

Micchi is a Filipino-American dancer, trained in tap dance, hip hop, jazz, flamenco, and contemporary ballet with a focus in Classical Russian ballet. She’s been invited to several anime conventions, such as Anime Matsuri, Omnicon, and Shimakon, under the dancing duo “Aquakia”.

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The first single and music video: M O R E

The music video and first single M O R E was released on January 4, 2015. We’ve listened to the single a few times and watched the video a couple of times so far and we think it’s really good. If you’re into Perfume’s music, then I’m sure you will love M O R E.

Our thoughts

With the first single M O R E being a strong first release, we are excited to see what 4TE will deliver next. If their next song is as good as their first, maybe the next time Perfume are in the US you might just see 4TE as the opening act.

Find 4TE online:
Official site: http://www.4teofficial.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/4TEofficial
Twitter: https://twitter.com/4teENG
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/4TEofficial

4TE are back with a new single check our review: http://www.whysojapan.com/4te-new-music-video-ippo-zutsu/





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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Invader Invader

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s latest single

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s latest single “Invader Invader” is due to have its CD release today Wednesday the 15th of May 2013. The song is already available on iTunes, but it only includes the one song, not the two extra tracks that are available on CD from today. Hopefully now that the CD is available to buy, it will also be available in it’s full version with the 3 songs on iTunes very soon. The extra two tracks are “Point of View” and “Fashion Monster – Extended Mix”.

***Update the full CD is now available from iTunes and includes all 3 tracks check link below***

Invader Invader

“Invader Invader” is a song that is very in tune with other Kyary Pamyu Pamyu songs. It has the cuteness of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and I’m guessing Sebastian Masuda from 6% Dokidoki was involved in the designs of the costumes and the set one way or another. The song has a part that goes into dub step break, which is something we havent really heard from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu before, but considering that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu songs are for most part worked on by Yasukata Nakata from the electronic music duo Capsule makes it ever so present by adding a bit of dub step to this song. From my point of view I’m guessing that the cube headed DJ in the video is meant to represent Yasukata Nakata. What makes me believe this is because in a lot of Yasukata Nakata’s live DJ shows he always has some sort of sun glasses on, as does the cube headed DJ person in this video.

This song is the 6th physical single to be sold by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The video was first released to YouTube under Golden Week in Japan. See the post before this for more info about Golden Week (or click here). Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has also had a live performance of the song, when she played at a concert that was streamed live on YouTube from Tokyo during Golden Week.

Link to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu offical homepage: http://kyary.asobisystem.com
Buy the cd from iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/invader-invader-single/id642203950
Or get the CD here:http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=WPCL-11418

Here is the video from YouTube:





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