syn·es·the·sia
noun
A perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.


I’ve been told by a handful of people that I might have a “mild case of synesthesia”. While there are many different ways for the five senses to get mixed up, mine ties the sense of hearing and taste together. To be specific, I don’t actually taste anything when I hear music, but I can very easily relate sound to taste. Which is probably why, if I have synesthesia at all, it would be a mild case of it. And because it really doesn’t affect my way of living, I never got a test for it. (Is there even such a test?) So here’s my disclaimer: it could all be overactive creativity for all I know

Whatever it is though, I wanted to put it to use. I’m usually a pretty concise person, so going into details for a song review honestly isn’t my thing. Instead, I’m going to try something new. I’m going to capture the tastes I feel when I hear a song, and then attempt to combine those tastes together into a dish of some kind.

No guarantees that these will actually taste good though. That depends on the song itself. Let’s start this with Morning Musume。’17’s 64th single, Jamashinaide Here We Go!/Dokyuu no Go Sign/Wakaindashi!, that releases on October 4th, 2017.


Jamashinaide Here We Go!

  • The berry caviar (a type of molecular gastronomy where you can put things into little bursts of flavor) is highly influenced by the background instrumentals during the speech lines, which are some of my favorite parts of the song.
  • While it’s chocolate and in the form of a dessert, I think this dish’s main taste would be bitter.
  • The sweetness of the chocolate would be just enough to make it not not overwhelmingly bitter.
  • There are also accents of sweetness like the ice cream and berries that come from the sense of femininity in the song.
  • However, the elements of berry also carry a tinge of sour.

Dokyuu no Go Sign

  • Basically a medley of flavors that may seem all over the place, but actually go together pretty well in the end.
  • That being said, all the parts definitely hold their own flavor and personality.
  • The giant cross section of custard is the feeling I got from the Some Day My Prince Will Come-like part of the song. It’s milky and rich, and completely different from the rest of the clear and punchy parts of the song.
  • This one was a little influenced by the PV visuals, but I’ll try to write these before I see them next time so that doesn’t happen.

Wakaindashi!

  • The only song in this CD that isn’t a dessert. (I also did a poor job of the plating here, whoops.)
  • The refreshing feeling of the song can be linked to something like seafood.
  • I chose white fish and scallops, both being light, fragile, and not very seafood-y in taste, but full of personality when seasoned and prepared right. It’s be seared to a nice crispiness, but without leaving you with a feeling of oiliness.
  • To add to the general refreshing feeling, there’s also citrus to heighten the flavor profile.
  • Small fragrant flowers (I have a kind in mind but don’t know what they’re called) to add just the slightest hint of sweetness when you take a bite and it hits your nose.

Verdict: This single tastes pretty good.