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SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS
This season, TBS is airing the quirky detective drama Hello Harinezumi, based on the eighties manga about a scrappy private investigator agency. The series' writer/director One Hitoshi has a great track record with music in past productions like Moteki and the 2014 detective drama River's Edge Ookawabata Tanteisha, and Hello Harinezumi is no exception. For River's Edge, it was Ego-Wrappin' that supplied the detective jazz sound. This time, it's jazz ensemble Soil & "Pimp" Sessions that created the outstanding music for the entire Hello Harinezumi soundtrack.
The band collaborates with Radwimps' Noda Yojiro for the series' suave and classy theme song Yume Makase. The laidback jazz number rides on a funky bassline and silky, free-flowing melody with well-timed dashes of trumpet. The refrain is especially an earworm, with its breezy lyrics and reiterative structure: "Leave your song to the wind / Leave that wind to the dream / How about leaving that dream to me?" Besides penning the appropriately moody lyrics, Noda Yojiro expands his repertoire vocally by showing an assuredly relaxed and groovy flow that is quite different from his already fairly versatile performances in Radwimps and solo project songs.
The title track is coupled with the "Manatsuno Harinezumi Version" of the jauntily electric Hello Harinezumi no Theme, the main instrumental theme heard in the drama's opening credits. The song is a classic Soil & "Pimp" Sessions-style track overflowing with get-up-and-dance energy. The song's flitting piano chords and bass line set the tone, and the trumpet-led melody line has a playful sitcom jingle sensibility that fits perfectly for a detective series.
Between the two Hello Harinezumi songs, Crawlin' offers a more aggressive sound with increasingly agitated narration and percussion. Soil & "Pimp" Sessions applies strong steady beats and impactful flourishes to the rock-leaning song that builds up effectively with a measured melody and dramatic tone.