With all of the recent happenings with COVID-19, quarantines and the economy plummeting, it’s nice to use music or other media formats to escape from that reality.
Even though the world outside has been very bleak in recent days, the brightness of a good album, book, video game, etc. can and will hopefully lighten up your mood and day.
In this issue’s edition of my avorite albums of the 2010s, we are going to look at a very simple, cheerful, unique and innovative pop album.
The album is “Bonito Generation” by Kero Kero Bonito.
Kero Kero Bonito is a British indie pop trio based out of London.
They are known for their sugary melodies, tight beats and Japanese- English bilingual lyrics by the group’s frontwoman Sarah Bonito.
The group became popularized through internet memes surrounding their song “Flamingo.”
The track is still their most popular. Songs like “Flamingo” let the people know what type of quality to expect on their first studio album, “Bonito Generation.” The trio’s debut studio record was
released in Oct. 2016 to favorable reviews.
The themes of the tracks on this album are simple, everyday things. Whether it’s waking up in the morning on the opening track “Waking Up” or the trouble of hearing a song and not knowing what it was or who made it on the track “Heard a Song.”
The themes may seem too simple, but the chipper nature of the songs and how clean the production and beats are on this album, the themes don’t need to be complex.
Another theme that is shared with a few songs on the record is the theme of growing up. Those songs are “Graduation” and “Hey Parents.”
A consistent theme with this series, if you have noticed, is that I fancy a lot of albums that are very catchy.
Catchiness, in my opinion, is an important part of music. If you make good, catchy music, you will be able to hook listeners like myself to listen to your music time and time again.
Every song on this record has at east one part that will stick in your head for a while.
A great thing that this album has going for it is its innovation. The influences from Japanese pop music are very apparent in this thing.
We will see in a few years if music from Kero Kero Bonito will shoot its way to mainstream pop artists.
Tracks on this album that I would recommend include “Waking Up,” “Heard a Song,” “Graduation,” “Break,” “Lipslap,” and my favorite
song on the album “Trampoline.” KKB has made another album since “Bonito Generation” called “Time ‘n’ Place.” It showed a sort of evolution in the sound of the trio. It takes a more alternative rock approach but keeps a lot of the same conventions that made their music enjoyable in the first place.
In the young career of Kero Kero Bonito, we have seen their capabilities as musicians and artists.
I hope to see longevity in all of their careers and hope to hear more good new music on the horizon.