The J-pop star who let her fans choose her songs

From Nishikasugai, Aichi, Japan, Vicke Blanka burst onto the scene and pulled out a Album of 35 songs, all chosen by the fans.

Already on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of his first album, slave of love, Vicke Blanka returns with a move that is certainly unique.

Celebrating this milestone but also involving new and loyal fans, his new record SUPERVILLAIN, sees the artist compiling his greatest moments to date.

Simply calling him a J-Pop artist seems redundant. SUPERVILLAIN is not just a new album with fan-loved songs, but a range of genre music that is crucial to today’s scene. Also playing the guitar, his explosive and energetic solos breathe new life into current music.

What I love is that it’s more than the sum of its parts. While Vicke has a unique and individual sound, you can hear the varied influences. To call pop, funk, rock n roll or electronic, nothing is forbidden. One song has beats and the other is a live song with a band. Everyone will find something to their liking.

Another quirk is its use of different languages. True to her Japanese roots, you’ll hear her mother tongue on many tracks. But suddenly a song is in English, and a few include French, listen It’s okay.

Listening to a few songs myself, I immediately thought of the Japanese artist Tatsuro Yamashita. Mainly because of the colorful music but also because of its energy. There’s always something going on and you never get bored on this album. The music is clear but also raw and vulnerable. Maybe it’s something in Japan that leads its artists to mix the music of pop, funk, disco and electronic and make it something uniquely individual.

From the artist himself, he listed The Carpenters, Bay City Rollers, Queen and Michael Jackson as influences. Suddenly, Vicke’s friendly, thick sound takes on even more meaning. There’s clearly an ingrained vision and style to traditional songwriting, but it doesn’t feel dated or rehearsed.

Like Vickeblanka’s influences, including Queen and Michael Jackson, the gender shift is necessary and obvious. SUPERVILLAIN, if anything, is not just a compilation of fan-picked works, but a collection of works that, when compiled together, are considered unique, inviting, and full of energy.

Listen below to see what I mean.

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