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M87 (SINGLE+DVD) (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)
Yonezu Kenshi
M87  (SINGLE+DVD) (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)
Yonezu Kenshi, the storyteller
May 31, 2022 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
Yonezu Kenshi delivers another certified jam with his latest single M87, the theme song of the new Shin Ultraman movie. The singer-songwriter wastes no time getting started, opening straight away with stirring vocals and emotive imagery: "Because I saw the stars shining in the distant sky / I trembled as I chased the light."

Hooking listeners from the first line, M87 reminds of Lemon in the best possible way with its clean and catchy alternative melody, rousing feelings and immediate earworm impact. At the same time, the song has an exciting storytelling quality in its free-flowing rhythm and use of different types of instrumental transitions. M87 technically follows a conventional structure, but it sounds like it's moving on an uncharted path towards that shining star.

The other two songs on the single highlight the more playful and experimental sides of Yonezu's music. Pop Song, which was released digitally in February, is a tie-in song for a PlayStation commercial, which explains why the song starts with a game-music-like flourish. The entire Pop Song has a mischievous air to both the arrangement and lyrics. The funky and interesting pop melody is busily laced with carnivalesque big band sound and whimsical sound effects, including claps and cheers to begin and end the song.

The dreamy ETA is shot through with whimsical touches of synth. The calm, lulling song unassumingly paints a bittersweet image of light and longing: "At a deserted airport, birds chirp like they're singing / Wish the road would continue forever and ever / A small thought shining under the reflection of light / Only hope to someday return to those days." In the middle of the song, an extended interlude of chirping, beeping and static punctured by dramatic strokes seems to relay a secret story. A similar-sounding outro lasting over a minute serenely carries to the end of the song, again affirming Yonezu Kenshi's keen ability to craft stories through sound.

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