Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Musical Interlude: Visual Kei

When I begin new projects, I generally immerse myself in new reading and fresh music. These days, the music is coming from bands influenced by the ヴィジュアル系 (visual kei) movement in Japan. The style is known for its use of bright colors, bold costumes, and androgynous looks derived from manga. Many of the bands fuse musical styles, from metal to jazz to pop. You're unlikely to hear any of this music via mainstream U.S. media; enjoy!

* The GazettE: Cassis

* SID: Natsukoi

* Zoro: Kitsune

* An Cafe: Snow Scene

* Cinema Bizarre: Lovesongs (English language)