What better way to get into the mood and excitement of the 2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games, than by kicking it off with a theme song which captures all of the epic pageantry and stature of the games themselves!!
As we sit just hours now from the opening ceremonies in Rio, Amuro Namie released just last week on July 27th…. her celebratory theme for these Games of the XXXI Olympiad in collaboration with NHK which will serve as broadcast host in Japan. First press orders receive this gorgeous B2 sized poster photographed just above/right and while Amuro Namie’s production team has long been a standard of sparing no production expense when it comes to her single releases, I must say that they truly have outdone themselves with this production of “Hero” as the visuals here so evoke that grandeur which are the Olympic Games.
~Amuro Namie “Hero” (mv)~
However, it’s all about this song first and foremost and it so delivers!~! Okay so I must emphasize that “Hero” so deserves a good set of headphones in order to fully appreciate this larger than life musical production. Even from the simplicity of its opening piano notes… here they ring thunderous then building upon acoustic layer upon acoustic layer as even the chorus highs and lower rhythm sections resonate in deep tribal~harmony as if recorded within the walls of the Colosseum. Okay I may be stretching the walls of recording technology =P, but really with a good set of headphones “Hero” really was recorded in an awe inspiring manner. And most importantly!….. it’s a love at first listen kind of catchy song!! A feel good and ultimately uplifting melody which really captures the essence and imagination of these, the ultimate Games~.
~Amuro Namie “Show Me What You’ve Got” (mv)~
And here the coupling song is treated to all of amenities of a double-A side as “Show Me What You’ve Got” gets its very own lavishly produced music video too! Oh and how night and day could it possibly be when placed beside the title track? Let’s just say that while the headliner in “Hero” takes the viewer into a realm of heightened GOLD, its sibling will take you inside of the “after winning the GOLD/ all access” party bus!~! Well, you know, what such a party may look like that is =). One part stoic Amuro Namie, one part let yourself loose Amuro Namie…. and at that, a candid and giddy side to close this amazing single. ^^