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Song Review: Kami wa Saikoro wo Furanai – Meguru Meguru

Kami wa Saikoro wo Furanai - Meguru MeguruI’m breaking my own rules and writing a review for a song that was released well over a month ago. I kept thinking Meguru Meguru (巡る巡る) would get an actual music video and I’d be able to feature it on the blog at that point. But, we’re stuck with a region-blocked lyric video for now, making this neither full-on “single” nor “buried treasure” – at least according to Bias List rules. And with both a band name and song title entirely in Japanese, this may not be the most accessible thing I’ve ever posted.

But, Meguru Meguru has been a staple on my playlist for weeks. The band’s Japanese name (Kami Wa Saikoro Wo Furanai) roughly translates to “God Doesn’t Roll Dice,” which is a bit of a mouthful even in English. Looking back at their past material, I’m not sure this is a group I’ll follow regularly. But, Meguru is firmly in my wheelhouse. Looking back at my two favorite J-pop singles last year, it’s clear that I love a surging, melodic anthem. Shockingly, when I think of “surging anthem,” my mind doesn’t immediately go to social media platform TikTok. Yet, Meguru Meguru is apparently a TikTok CM. Very odd.

Regardless, as a song this is pure bliss. Right from the start, Meguru pulses with galvanizing energy, opening with a tease of its chorus before propelling into a guitar-fueled instrumental. The verses move at a gallop, underpinned by percolating electronics. And as we enter the chorus, the song really picks up steam. The melody here is gorgeous – cathartic and satisfying as it moves through several distinct segments. Vocalist Shusaku Yanagita gives an impassioned performance, never overwrought but always affecting. It’s just too good not to share with all of you!

 Hooks 9
 Production 9
 Longevity 9
 Bias 10
 RATING 9.25

11 thoughts on “Song Review: Kami wa Saikoro wo Furanai – Meguru Meguru

  1. ” Shockingly, when I think of “surging anthem,” my mind doesn’t immediately go to social media platform TikTok.”. Shocker, plot-twist of the year lol. Someone needs to turn this line into a t-shirt.

    Hmm, funny, I did not know you had a rule about when you could review songs. I thought you reviewed Eternal Live in the Summer when it came out in December. Then again, the rule could explain why we never got a Winding Road review. Speaking of J-Pop, what are your current thoughts on Spyair’s Wadachi?

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  2. Nick, Thank you so much for what might be one of the best experiences of my life. I have witnessed everything good about life in the time of three minutes, twenty seven seconds and finally feel like I can die happy.

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  3. This is such a gem Nick. The melody is so perfectly constructed that it doesn’t leave your mind that quickly. The chorus is also instantly memorable.

    And speaking of songs that came out a month ago, there’s this song Runaway by band Dios. The song is filled with hooks and sung with incredible texture. The MV is gorgeous too. I recommend you to check it out.

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  4. Impressive song. I think the production is my favorite personally, with the great use of guitar, the bouncy beat and the percussion. But that doesn’t mean the melody isn’t up to par, it’s absolutely well done and altogether creates an exciting song.

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