Despite the vaporwave-like cover art, there is no slowed-down 80s city pop here, as you would expect from Megamegami; the two songs contained here — which actually act as one, since you won’t even notice the transition from on to the other — are more oriented to hard-hitting EDM, with an almost constant 4/4 rhythm dictated by a mighty kick drum. To be honest, talking about constant rhythm is not entirely correct, as there are a few sudden tempo changes which will make you feel like they’re manipulating time.
The music ranges from happy hardcore to tech trance to electro house with a pop — but still underground, of course — feel provided by the girls’ catchy vocals. The structure of the song(s) follows a smooth but not obvious evolution, naturally shifting from one genre to another through a powerful beat while various styles of bass lines, synth melodies and effects enrich it. Faster and slower, complex and straightforward, minimal and highly detailed: She Is Pop Still Underground is a short and brain-melting trip which barely gives you enough time to realize what’s going on, just to suddenly shapeshift into something else.
After their first album Idol Circle which didn’t rely on a specific style, Megamegami have been releasing more electronic-oriented singles, with this being the most EDM-y and hard-hitting one. Looks like they found their identity, and I’m surely enjoying it.
|Album:||She Is Pop Still Underground|
|西野愛望 (Nishino Aimi)|
|桜葉ほのの (Sakuraba Honono)|
|猫背なな (Nekose Nana)|
|小松あゆ (Komatsu Ayu)|