Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The new Charli XCX video will twist your brain grapes

Charli XCX features on the new single by Japanese production legend Yasutaka Nakata and, true to form, it's bloody weird.

To get you up to speed: Nakata is to J-pop what Grimes is to the western equivalent. He's scored eight number one albums in his home country, mostly with girl band Perfume, by splicing madcap synth tunes (think Sonic the Hedgehog soundtrack) with dizzying, chopped-up vocals. It's an acquired taste, to be sure, but much more palatable than the juvenile nonsense that permeates most J-pop.

His latest tune, Crazy Crazy, is even more accessible, thanks to Charli's peerless pop instincts input (the chorus, in particular, is a bubblegum masterpiece). Co-vocals come from Japanese model-turned-singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who is one of Nakata's most prominent protégées.

The video is as bizarre as the tune is hyperactive, with the three musicians' faces pasted (badly) onto the bodies of nubile models, who perform the song in a practice studio.

"I hope everyone enjoys the weird world we created in this video!" Nakata told The Fader. "It presented a few challenges — it was very hard to perform only using my face, so I tried to vary my expressions as much as I could."

Watch it below. But fair warning: You may need to listen to Adele for an hour afterwards to unscramble your brain.

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