Earlier this year, I made a 50-song mix of Japanese pop and rock music from the 70s and 80s and sent it to a few friends. The first track that almost all of them brought up first as their overwhelming favorite was this one, “いつか王子様が” / “Someday My Prince Will Come” [google translation] off of Akiko Yano’s 1981 album Tadaima. The only negative reaction I got was from a friend that actually had lived in Japan for a bit and found the chanting vocals in the chorus to be intolerable. He was later shut down by other mutual friends who said the track was actually fire and that he’s mad wrong.
Truth be told, this is one of the tamer songs on the record. It’s rather straightforward and doesn’t have any bonkers synth romps like many of the other tracks do. It doesn’t sacrifice any of this brilliant weirdness for anything, though. It’s just really catchy synth pop that’ll get you singing along with little effort. I can see a lot of inspiration for the work of current artists Kate NV in this track, which I respect her madly for. I highly recommend finding the rest of this album (Tadaima) and experiencing it. I know I say this a lot, but it’s very likely you’ve heard nothing like it.