Saturday, February 21, 2009

日本の音楽 Week 5: Envy

Screamo? In my ファッキング日本語? It 's more likely than you think.

Make no mistake about it, though - Envy is far from your run-of-the-mill "I just got dumped by my girlfriend of two weeks and want to kill myself" scene or image conscious, attention-whoring pop-punk "emo" facade; no sir, Envy represents something far more cerebral, personal, real. It's no wonder, then, that despite the language barrier, they've become renowned worldwide as one of the finest screamo bands on Earth.

Oh, and worth noting is that (despite their album names and song titles being in English) the vast majority of Envy's music is, in fact, in Japanese. Very poetic Japanese that you could learn a thing or two from, at that.

Envy is an emotional rollercoaster, transitioning between a gentle whisper and soft melody to an explosion of sound and screaming, often several times within one song. Credit must be given to Envy's talented singer, whose voice is incredibly versatile and well suited for any dynamic.
Once again, Envy certainly isn't a band for everyone, but don't let the "screamo" tag scare you off for one second - you may be surprised by how excellent this band is.

Envy - Scene

Recommended Albums:
  • Insomniac Doze
  • A Dead Sinking Story
  • All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead

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