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):