My most favorite band from Indonesia for the arrangements and lyrics is SORE. They are genius! I mean, until now I haven’t been really into any Indonesia’s band except SORE. It’s been a long time since their last album, but a few days ago I found out that they are preparing their next album. Woohoo, can’t wait! If you willing to hear some of their works, you have google machine. Use it, wisely or not.
And the most jaw dropping arrangement for me is Killer Tune by Tokyo Jihen (you can download the mp3 here). It’s not only the arrangement that makes me amazed but also their instrument skills! Seeing them playing their instrument seems... UNREAL. How could people play something so complicated yet it looks so... effortless. Damn it, Tokyo Jihen, I’m out of words. Enough said.
(I suppose to put a picture here, but yeah I don't have anything to put)
The next thing is something related to #1: watch music videos. #1 is something that will please your ears while this point will please your eyes. It’s not like I love seeing the lead role in some music video --well it counts too somehow--, it’s because there are other things that I could explore from music video. Like the whole story line, the clothes they wear, props they use, the overall color they choose, and on and on. The idea of making a music video is somehow to entertain and to attract people to listen to the songs. I’m pretty sure you all know about the “Gangnam Style” phenomenon. I try to listen to the songs without watching the video, and it’s totally... MEH. Despite I don’t understand the words his speaking, I’m not really into that style of music. But when I watch the video, OH MY GOD THAT’S SO WEIRD AND FASCINATING IN THE SAME TIME! I mean who would have an idea to make horse riding as a dance routine? That’s totally creative and eye-catchy. So you know, because of watching the video more than once, somehow the song keeps repeating on my head. See, that’s the power of music video.
So, if I had to choose one music video that really fascinates me --clearly it’s not Gangnam Style because the song didn’t work for me-- it will be Pieces by L`Arc~en~Ciel (I'm sorry for being soooo biased, Japanese music is what I fancy). The whole story line is just.... breathtaking. I mean, the song itself is already majestic, and the music video just makes it more perfect. Here's the video:
My second recommendation is Kono Yo no Kagiri by Shiina Ringo. In the music video, instead of using real instruments as props, they used leeks as a trumpet, a netbook as a piano, baguette breads and rulers as strings, and a counting machine as a triangle. It’s a fun music video. Well it’s not the most fascinating music video, but I had a hard time choosing one, so yeah I guess this still do. Anyway, here's the video:
konoyo no kagiri by lilyphilia
And before I realized it, I blabbered too much only for these 3 simple things. I will continue the list another time (and yes, it’s NOT a promise). I think it will be nice too if you could share things you do when you need inspirations.. Looking forward to it! See you on another post!