Goto Mariko – Sound Of Me Review

Release Date: July 24th 2013

Track Listing

  1. sound of me (original mix)
  2. sound of me (Serph oyasumi mix)
  3. sound of me (Serph swallen mix)


Goto Mariko is probably most well know for her exploits with Jazz/Punk fusion band Midori. Anyone familiar with the group will remember their rather unconventional and at times just downright absurd musical style. Their live performances are also the stuff of legend, with you never quite knowing what was going to happen next.

Sadly Midori broke up a few years ago but now Goto Mariko is blazing her own trail and launching a solo career. She already has a solo album under her belt, something that I may do a retroactive review of in the future but today I’m going to be talking about her debut solo single “sound of me” (the song serves as the ending theme for the drama “Just Eating”, which Goto also stars in).


Hopefully you took the time to watch the above PV because I’m about to do a really terrible job of describing the song to you. You’re also going to have to have a fairly open mind or we’re simply just not going to get anywhere with this.

I’ve heard a lot of people refer to Goto Mariko’s music as “avant-garde”, which to you and me basically means a mixture of experimental and innovative. Going by that definition, I’d have to agree that that’s certainly what Goto Mariko and “sound of me” bring to the table.

Things open up with Goto’s distinct voice repeating the title of the song over and over then suddenly we’re off, the fast pace instrumentals assault the senses and then a lull. Things slowly build up again and that’s when the song really starts. The preceding section acting as a mere preview to the insanity that’s about to unfold.

“sound of me” is a pretty strange song, a conclusion that I’m sure you’ve probably come to all by yourself. The moments of calm are almost soothing in a way and then suddenly you’re sucker punched in the face by just this intense wall of sound. The frantic instrumentals and Goto’s vocals while being very contrasting also marry very well together.

I think that’s the crux of the song really. It just should not work but yet somehow it does, for me anyway. Maybe you’re reading this review and thinking I’m completely mad but before you go handing out the labels, I have but one request. Listen to the song. I mean really listen to the song, because I wasn’t loving it the first time either.

However, on subsequent listens you start to realize that there’s a depth to the instrumentals that wasn’t apparent at first. You also start to realize that while yes, Goto’s vocals are a little crazy they do actually work for this song.


Sadly, I can’t be quite so complimentary of the two “remixes” of “sound of me” that serve as the b-sides for this single. I don’t want to say that they’re horrible but they kinda sound like something your 13 year old kid brother would put together with a cracked copy of Ableton Live. If this review was a report card, this section would read “Could try harder”. Hopefully we’ll get actual b-sides on subsequent singles.

Now, I don’t expect everyone to enjoy this kind of music. The world would be a pretty boring place if we all liked the same things right? As long as I got you guys to at least give Goto Mariko a shot, I’m happy. I’ve heard people knock songs for being “too weird”, “just noise”, etc far too many times without giving them a fair shot first.

Overall, I personally really like this song. If you feel the same way then please do check out Goto Mariko’s album too because it’s more of the same kind of structured chaos. I’d also recommend checking out her performance at Tokyo Idol Festival 2013 as it really is a sight to behold.

If you have the time, leave a comment and let me know what you think, no matter if you loved it or hated it. Also let me know if you want me to review Goto’s album at some point too.

Sound Of Me (Regular Edition)

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Sound Of Me (Limited Edition)

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