Perfume – Laser Beam/Kasuka na Kaori

Perfume Laser Beam

Release Date: May 18, 2011

Track Listing

  1. Laser Beam
  2. Kasuka na Kaori
  3. Laser Beam (Instrumental)
  4. Kasuka na Kaori (Instrumental)


Perfume’s first single of 2011 is a double a-side package consisting of Laser Beam and Kasuka na Kaori. Laser Beam continues the trend of quality Electro pop that the group is known for and quickly infects your brain with its catchy beats, melodies and quirkiness. It sounds a lot like it belongs on their Triangle album so if you liked that you may enjoy Laser Beam.

I’m not sure if it’s just me but I did notice that there was less of the heavy vocal processing on Laser Beam. Normally the member’s voices are so effected that they sound more machine than human but they appear to be less so this time around. Again, perhaps it’s just me who notices that detail.

Kasuka na Kaori is the opposite of Laser Beam. It’s a mid tempo, chilled out song that strips out most of the layered electronic synths and adds in an acoustic instrument. (the piano in this case) It’s kind of similar to 575 during the verse sections (before the whole funky rap section) in feel. One could also possibly compare it to a lower tempo Ayumi Hamasaki song as well.

It took some time but for Perfume fans this was definitely worth the wait. Neither track outshines each other and both are worthy of a-side status. Which one you prefer depends on what your mood is.

Laser Beam (Limited Edition CD + DVD)

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Laser Beam (Normal Edition)

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