Now that you’ve got your hat all you need is a song! =)
My dear friend Philip recently turned me onto the K-pop music of IU and High 4 and so in celebration of that I thought we’d have a bit of nostalgia and although the song in this post is J-pop the group represents a crossover of musical cultures originating in South Korea.
Before there was Boa and the stream of crossover artists, there was S.E.S…a trio of Korean vocalists with power, range, grace, and soul in their voices whom formed in the late 90’s. Before debuting in Japan S.E.S released an impressive catalog of pop releases in Korea and were actually one of the first Korean groups/singers to pioneer the transition to a multilingual career overseas. One day a customer asked to special order their Japan debut single “meguri au sekai” (during my record store days) and while I wasn’t familiar with the trio back then in late ’98 I was immediately impressed with the powerful projection and sound of their vocals and when their single “(ai) to iu nano hokori” was released just a few months later I was completely hooked on their sound. “(Ai) to iu nano hokori” remains as one of my top 100 J-Pop songs of all time.
My S.E.S collection is a modest one with just their Japanese debut album and a subsequently released best of album but I highly recommend anyone who finds themselves drawn to this song to check out the rest of their discography!
S.E.S “(ai) to iu nano hokori”
The melody is extremely memorable and the chorus is simply exhilarating! They sure can sing!!!…so much vocal control and the nuances of a perfect falsetto to speak of!…and I always find myself in awe every time that I listen to this song, no matter how many times I’ve heard it before and they have so many many other great catchy songs to offer any music fan who likes sweet J-Pop with a nice touch of r&b in their tunes. While their Japan debut album “Reach Out” is out of print a couple of their other albums are still available here….and more can be found in auctions as well.
S.E.S are…Sea (Bada), Eugene, Shoo (S.E.S ~1997-2002).