Japanese singer/songwriter Reol (れをる) is an artist I haven't heard of before, so her latest album 金字塔 (Kinjitou) was my introduction to her music, and I must say, I like it a lot. Good pop music is as hard to find these days as it's been most of the time, but it is there. Case in point, this album slaps. Reol's pop is of the bubbly, colourful kind, rich in hooks and catchy melodies, but also filled to the brim with various, primarily electronic, musical elements. It's a dynamic mixture of hip-hop, EDM, old-school j-pop and modern dance-pop that is never subtle but always fun, almost obnoxiously fun at times. At times the music even verges on the chaotic without ever fully embracing it, always keeping things accessible and, I will say it again, fun. Reol is very strong as both a rapper and a singer, and she effectively utilizes her skills in both departments on this record. All things considered, this is an energetic, electrifying pop record with strong hip-hop influences that makes for a dang good time.
金字塔 (Kinjitou) was released on January 22nd via Victor Entertainment.