Introducing Furukawa Miki
Around late February, when I was lurking through music download sites, I came upon this little gem. Her name is Furukawa Miki; she’s different.
I’ve really enjoyed her Very album very(oic) much. It’s probably gone through 10 plays since I first got my hands on it and I can honestly safe that she has a sound totally different from anything else in the J-Pop market at the moment. Consider her a strange mix between Shiina Ringo+YUKI+BONNIE PINK.
She shuffles through various genres in the album; electronica, synthpop, soft rock and pop. What I love most about this album is the whole “indie“ vibe it emits. Everything is very laid back and chill, which is empowered with Miki’s eccentric, modified vocals. She has a very high pitched voice, but it never becomes a problem due to her almost whispering vocals throughout the album.
It’s unfortunate that an album this good goes unnoticed while Ayu’s Rock’n'Roll Circus, a sub-par album, sells well over 250k. That’s the music business in our times which we must live with but at least it isn’t stopping artists like Miki from releasing great music like this.
Below is one of the best songs on the album, Make Up which has more of an electronic influence than the other songs. You can really get a glimps of Miki’s modified vocals.