Make Believe Melodies just spent five days in Washington D.C., watching a bunch of college football, drinking fancy beers and gorging on Swedish meatballs. The unfortunate side effect of this trip…besides a sudden ballooning of my stomach…was a lack of Internet that meant missing out on new Japanese music, most prominently this new song and video from Nagoya’s Pop-Office, who seem poised for a huge 2012. “Wait For The Sun” isn’t quite abrasive as past releases, embracing a sun-lit daydreaminess instead of the emotional purging present on prior tracks like “A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness” (which we named the #16 best song of 2011). “Sun” comes close to shoegaze territory, the singing a bit on the mumbly side and the shimmering keyboard wraps up well with the the group’s usual guitar powering to create a hypnotic swirl not unlike staring at a glistening lake. It is a (slightly) softer side of Pop-Office, and comes complete with an appropriate video full of blurry colors and quick cuts. Watch that above, and also check out what Akeem over at A Fly Variety wrote about it.
PROGRAMMING UPDATE: Expect infrequent updates this week, and then a return to the usual next week when I’m back in Japan. Got to play with my dog yo!