When it comes to really underrated J-pop groups, Solidemo are right up there. Their consistently strong musical output has gone all but unnoticed by both domestic and international audiences and given the strength of songs like Love Yourself from earlier this year, that’s a real shame. New single TOKYO Miracles is further evidence of the groups incredible potential, throwing an anthemic melody over a wonderfully buoyant production.
Opening with a suitably anthemic collage of layered vocals, TOKYO Miracles launches into a preview of its titular hook. It’s a song that resounds with positive energy from the first moment and with a refrain this strong, it immediately tells us that we’re in good hands. The verses glide along on a giddy mix of percussion and rhythm guitar to create a jubilant atmosphere that I’m pretty much pre-disposed to like. The performances here are also very strong, managing to be fun whilst still evoking a strange sense of nostalgia. And if there’s anything that I’ve learnt from listening to Japanese music for so long is that boy can their artists emote. Even with their more upbeat and poppy songs, vocalists from Japan just manage to deliver their notes in such a way as to make each moment feel so resonant. And that’s probably why TOKYO Miracles just sounds so impactful.
The surging hook is pure gold, surging with a wonderfully joyous melody that feels perfectly formed. Sure, it’s big and cheesy but these kinds of songs are a rarity these days. The addition of rhythm guitar also lends the track an enjoyable funk backbone, one that goes a long way in covering much of the tracks more linear elements. But sometimes you just need songs like this that go straight for the pop jugular and despite its relatively straightforward structure I can’t help but be utterly charmed by this anthemic, nostalgia ridden single.
Final Rating: 8.75 / 10