In honor of Kis-My-Ft2’s complete videography being uploaded to YouTube (in edited form, of course…), I can’t resist writing about each single. To put this in context for Bias List readers, Kis-My-Ft2 (or Kisumai, as they’re often known) are my J-pop version of Infinite. That’s how much I love them and their discography.
Yet, I rarely write about them because finding online links to their music was so hard… until now!
Does anyone know if “AAO” is meant to stand for something? I doubt whether Kisumai are singing about the American Academy of Ophthalmology! But whether this is a sneaky acronym or simply a pleasant exclamation, AAO is a bop.
The song casts a light, groove-driven sound that hadn’t really appeared on a Kisumai single before now. For those of you planning a trip to the roller rink (you know who you are!), this had better be part of the soundtrack. In fact, despite being released in 2015, the disco-esque arrangement feels right in line with today’s retro trends. I love the handclap percussion, the bright synth squiggles and the earworm melody that just glides over the instrumental. It all feels so effortless. Even better is the rapped bridge, which proves you can switch performance styles without sacrificing the momentum of a track. It’s fun, a little silly and super groovy.
The music video presents a simple idea done very well. Individual scenes are stitched together in a repetitive collage, with the same clips spliced to craft a visual that literally matches the rhythm of the track. It’s a cool new concept for the group and spotlights AAO’s fun, simple choreography.
nick, since i found out arashi is on apple music (unlike the rest of johnny’s), i’m trying to get into their music. what are your favorite songs from them? and will you be making a top 10 list of their songs in the future?
According to iTunes, these are my most played Arashi songs:
1 Daremo Shiranai (definitely my favorite song by them)
2 Aozora no Shita, Kimi no Tonari
4 Natsu Hayate
5 Find The Answer
8 Under The Radar
10 Face Down
11 Turning Up
Other songs I’d recommend:
A·RA·SHI (idk why this isn’t higher on my play count!), Kokoro no Sora, Bittersweet, Fukkatsu Love, Kansha Kangeki Ame Arashi
For albums, I really loved 2017’s Untitled and 2014’s The Digitalian
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