Our worst fears have just becomes a reality: Perfume have gone Western.
Well, kind of.
After signing a global record deal with Universal Music in March, Perfume have gone and adopted a more international sound for their new single “Spending All My Time”, which officially drops in Japan next month.
It’d be difficult to pick “Spending All My Time” as a Yasutaka Nakata production if you didn’t already know that it was a Perfume single. The Euro-synths recall recent hits from Calvin Harris, and Perfume’s trademark vocal distortion has been toned down to make their voices more audible.
Nakata’s recent work with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has been a breathe of fresh air, allowing him to evolve his sound and take into quirkier, poppier places that Perfume’s clubbier approach doesn’t usually allow. He clearly has more pressure to create commercially hits for Perfume, who now stand as one of Japan’s most successful girl groups, but turning Perfume into a J-Pop version of Calvin Harris is not the way to go.
Excuse me while I go rape the replay button on “Glitter” for the billionth time this month.