Before I saw the video by the Wagakki Band that you’re about to see, I was at work on a big round-up of new music for later today. And then our Tokyo-based pal Phro messaged me about the video, and I watched it — and felt compelled to get it up on our site without delay.
I counted, and this makes the sixth time we’ve posted about the Wagakki Band at NCS, and they deserve all that attention because they are awesome. This most recent video is for a new song named “Akatsukino Ito”, which will appear on a forthcoming album entitled Yasou-emaki. I want to quote an excerpt from Phro’s post about it at RocketNews24:
“The music features the band’s trademark mixture of rock and traditional instruments, with thundering drums and furious strings that compel the soaring vocals ever higher. The song is almost like a battle cry, which manifests in the video as the members draw swords to face off against a dragon flying through the sky.”
Phro also mentioned this interesting piece of info about “Akatsukino Ito”:
The lyrics are based on Chinese poetry, the recitation of which Yūko is literally a master. It turns out that in addition to singing, she’s also a national champion in the recitation of Chinese poetry (a practice called 詩吟, “shigin,” in Japanese).
There’s more interesting stuff in Phro’s article, which you should go read HERE.
I really like this song and I really like this video (everything except the distracting “whooshing” noise the dragon makes). Hope you enjoy it, too.
Now, prepare yourself for a feast for the eyes and ears (this is worth watching in full-screen mode):
All the soundtrack noises in the video were annoying, but I dig the track.
very cool track and video 🙂
Ordered the new album about a month ago, can’t wait!
for more Wagakki Band goodness go here before the vid is taken down:
As fas as know, Shigin is a Japanese singing style; it is not Chinese. What scholars think about the origin of shigin is that poem recitation was brought to Japan by the Chinese. As time went by the singing style evolved into what is called shigin today. The Japanses sang Chinese and Japanese poems through shigin. So, it is not a chinese singing style but Japanese.
effectivement la musique est sublime la seule question que je me pose ses les paroles de la musique sont-elles des paroles de musique traditionnelle ? où c’est elle qui a tout écrit ?