BABYKARATE

Oct. 8th, 2016 11:17 pm
stormsewer: (death)
For better or worse, I'm a sucker for the mixture of elements that come together in Babymetal, so here's a transcription/translation of a favorite song from their newest album. (My last Babymetal translation, of a favorite song from their first album, is here.) This is actually my current Encouragement Anthem.



See transcription/translation and notes. )
stormsewer: (death)
So, BABYMETAL. The fusion of Japanese teen idol tropes with those of death metal. I've been spending some time with their music, and I've been a little surprised at what I've found there.

For instance, the track, "Megitsune" ("Vixen"). In Japanese mythology, foxes ("kitsune") are trickster changelings, usually female, and often wicked.



The lyrics of this song actually discuss the implied sexism of the kitsune myth and tie it into the inherent contradictions that Japanese women face in their lives. This is not the sort of subject matter you'd expect from a musical act like this (and it's very cunning to sneak tracks like this in with all the Gimme Chocolate stuff). I don't think you'd get away with lyrics like this in the standard Japanese teen idol setting, and you don't exactly see women's issues discussed regularly in death metal either. Another reason this group (and this song in particular) is fascinating as a mash-up of different musical cultures. I think whoever masterminded this is a genius.

My transcription and translation of the lyrics to "Megitsune" is below. Read more... )

Profile

stormsewer: (Default)
stormsewer

August 2017

S M T W T F S
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930 31  

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Sep. 20th, 2017 11:37 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios