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New Monari Wakita: “Gozigen Lover-Joi”

Look, if a former Especia member does something musically, this blog will almost certainly cover it.

If parts of this HALLCA release lean in on nostalgia for Especia, Monari Wakita’s solo career has been an effort to take similar ideas and turn them into livelier numbers that seem to be a bit more focused on potential mainstream play (they play much more boring versions of her funk-pop all the time here, so why not her?). “Gozigen Lover-Joi” doesn’t offer any changes to what she’s done in the past, but rather offers up another bouncy synth-assisted number playing into the pure pleasure center of pop. It’s shaped by past trends, but so energetic to zoom past any of the trappings that often brings about. Listen above.