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July 8th, 2019


Pom Poko - Theme #1

If all music were like Pom Poko would soon all be banging our heads into the nearest wall. Sugar coated, tartrazine bright, and spiky as razor blades dipped in alum: the Norwegian electropopsters have an endearing awkwardness about them. Their music is childlike and curiously arty, but can still carry an emotional payload. That's perhaps not the case with Theme #1, the opener to their 2019 debut Birthday. It's frantic Battles-esque math pop, and very much their theme song, calling out the "Heisei era raccoon dog war</i> or Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko, the Studio Ghibli film from which they take their name. Terrific fun.

Pom Poko - Theme #1