Nakata Yasutaka/Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Crazy Crazy/Harajuku Iyahoi Review

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Release Date: January 18, 2017

Track Listing

  1. Crazy Crazy (Nakata Yasutaka feat. Charli XCX & Kyary Pamyu Pamyu)
  2. Crazy Crazy –remix- (Nakata Yasuaka feat. Charli XCX & Kyary Pamyu Pamyu)
  3. Harajuku Iyahoi (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu)
  4. Harajuku Iyahoi –extended mix- (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu)

Review

Crazy Crazy / Harajuku Iyahoi is the 13th single from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. It is a double a-side with one solo Kyary song and one collaboration song with her producer Nakata Yasutaka and British singer Charli XCX.

Harajuku Iyahoi can be considered the prototypical Kyary Pamyu Pamyu brand of electro-pop. That could mean it’s not going to be that exciting of a song for those who are starting to tire of her formula. For everyone else, expect another bright and fun type of song with another odd, nonsensical visual spectacle of a video to accompany it.

The song that garners the most interest is the collaboration with Nakata Yasutaka and Charli XCX. Crazy Crazy is a simpler composition that uses a basic dance music structure as its base. Charli XCX’s vocals may not be immediately recognizable due to the heavy processing, but it is her, you hear.

The only thing I didn’t like about Crazy Crazy is that Kyary’s presence isn’t exactly felt. Charli XCX was the more dominant one on this song, even though both vocalists are trading verses.

The video for this song is not as weird as the Harajuku Iyahoi, but it’s still worth checking out. The faces of those involved are superimposed over women in cosplay and bikinis. In Nakata’s case, a businessman and sushi chef playing the piano.

This is a fun pair of songs that Nakata/Kyary Pamyu Pamyu fans will enjoy immediately. If you have not been exposed to either artist’s previous material, stick with the collaboration track with Charli XCX, as it is the stronger of the two songs on this single.

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