pal@pop’s Zipper is a lovely lightweight synth pop texture, sprinkled with piano, chugging along under a gentle female vocal. The singing is by Makino Yui, who uses the classic J-pop nasal little-girl voice. The verses have a fast two-note melody and the chorus is lovely and simple. Quietly uplifting.

Yasashii Kimochi is very slightly tougher, which isn’t saying much. Vocals by Halcali, using that faux-sassy rapping style they use these days. I love the verse ending that goes “Hitotsu dake wagamama ii desu ka?” Very nice rhythm.

Both these tracks are from the album feat.PLUS. Via Japanator Radio 149, which also featured a couple of nice tracks from pal@pop’s self-titled album.

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