I’m not even gonna do an attempt of smalltalk – Let’s just get straight into it, right? It should be a prejudice that the wide range of Japanese music offers loads of weird and creepy stuff. It should be.
…Except it’s true – There are a lot of songs that can give you the chills(again, in a positive way)! I’ll share five from the top off my head with you:
1. petal – Ayumi Hamasaki
This is not what most people would deem scary in any way. Someone even told me it was such a sweet song. Yeah, right – Sweet? Maybe the lyrics would fall under sweet, but the haunting melody gives it a totally different touch for me(kinda similar to f(x)’s “Shadow”) – Actually it’s about the old ‘Love me, love me not’-Game, where she symbolizes her new-found love with a flower she found on her way home.
Plucking off the petals one by one
The last remaining petal
If it lands on “he loves me not”…
…Why does this sound like such a threat to me? Seriously, am I the only one that thinks ripping apart the flower after taking care of it carefully is weird? Not to forget it was kind of a symbol for the man she loves. This destructive curiosity in combination with the mysterious sound… Gives me the personal impression of being listenig to a creepy stalkers’ story.
2. Mint – Olivia Lufkin
This song is actually so very calm and almost quiet in the beginning, only building up at the end. It’s difficult to explain what it’s about, since I think everyone should spend his own thoughts on that – Thanks to this mystery our fantasy is responsible for deciding whether this is creepy or not. What’s definitely true is that she’s being haunted by someone. Or something. Maybe it’s just some kind of dream, though. As I said, the mental journey looks probably different for everyone.
I have to get you out of my head
I have to swallow my tongue
I have to find where I went
Before she comes to life
Before she comes to life
She’s coming to get me, coming to get me
They’re coming, she’s coming
They’re coming, coming
She’s coming, they’re coming…
3. Hold, Release, Rakshasa and Carcasses – Kaai Yuuki [Vocaloid]
This one, on the other hand, is easily defined as creepy.
I have sooo many creepy Vocaloid songs… It was almost impossible to pick one, so I chose a (hopefully) not too common one.
Actually it’s quite catchy – Though I only listen to fansung versions – I can’t stand most of the original Vocaloid songs.
As it’s often the case with Vocaloid songs this one tells a story, which is not understandable from the song alone. I could tell the story, but really, where is the fun in that? The first time you listen to those kind of songs you ought to sit there with the huge letters ‘W-T-F’ above your head, right? I mean…:
Let’s go and hack everyone up!
I can’t stop laughing out loud
Hold and release, Hold and release
Rakshasa and carcasses
No more questions? No? Thought so.
4. Puella in somnio – Yuki Kajiura
Is this cheating? Well, it’s an Anime Soundtrack, so only half-cheating, right?
I don’t have to say a lot about this one, I guess. It’s very haunting and beautiful, so relax and give it a try ♪
5. Naraku no Hana – Shimamiya Eiko
This one is nice. It’s lightly creepy but not disturbing or too aggressive in the melody. It’s overall a rather soft song, but still…
Come on, let’s forget that future
That will be smeared in blood again
If the tepid wind is winding in coils
It’s probably a sign
Escape, escape now
From your far too sad destiny
…Leaves enough up to the imagination~
That was it for today – as always I gladly take recommendations! ♪
Those ‘5 songs…’-thing is growing onto me, I really enjoy this :)
I’ll definitely continue this in the future!